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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Cherryville school principals talk about “Back-2-School 2021” by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

Though they are four different people, the four principals of the Cherryville schools all have two things in common (and probably more, if the truth were known!), and they are: they are very happy to be back doing what they love and seeing kids get a great education. Let’s look at the schools one at a time. Cherryville Elementary Cherryville Elementary’s new Principal, Mrs. Audrey Hovis, said, “We are excited to welcome 18 pre-K students, 87 new kindergarten students; with a total of 359 students returning in person!” As for new teachers,

staff, or personnel, Mrs. Hovis noted, “We would like to welcome Mrs. Sherry Wilson to our Cherryville family as our new media center specialist, and Mrs. Windi Humphries as our new third grade Teacher Assistant. We would also like to congratulate Mrs. Geraldine Anthony on her retirement from school nutrition. We will truly miss her smiling face and positive energy!” Hovis continued, “To enhance our curriculum this year, our students will be introduced to iReady Math. This resource will assist in personalized learning for each student in math to help close possible learning gaps. We are also going to introduce Innovation Station this year. This will be added as an itinerant class

for students to enjoy. It is a hands-on curriculum that focuses on STEM activities, which are science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We are super excited to see what our students will learn and build this year!” The COVID Delta variant will affect the school year this year, said Mrs. Hovis, who said, “Our school year will look slightly different this year as we all wear masks, practice social distancing, and have enhanced sanitizing procedures. My goal as a leader is to keep our students as safe as possible while showing them we love them!” As the leader of Cherryville Elementary, Mrs. Hovis plans to bring to bear her many years experience, See SCHOOL, Page 8A

Mrs. Audrey Hovis, Principal of Cherryville Elementary, with four of her students. They are all glad to be back at school, learning and being back with their friends. They are (L-R) Eli Christy (Ms. Katy Beam’s Kindergarten); Noah Beam (Mrs. Burgess’ 3rd grade); Mrs. Hovis; Maggie Day (Mrs. Hendrick’s 1st grade); and Mikki Jane (Mrs. Christy’s 3rd grade). (photo by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

City’s Finance Director Wall wins ElectriCities award by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

Cherryville Financial Director Dixie Wall was recently recognized by ElectriCities with their Public Power Rising Star Award at their Tuesday, Aug. 17, annual conference in Hilton Head, S.C, Aug. 15-19. Mrs. Wall was nominated for the award by City Manager Cash. Mrs. Wall, who was hired in April 2012, is a nine-year staff member of the City of Cherryville’s administration, said of receiving the award that she is grateful to have been given it, adding it is the first time s he has ever See AWARD, Page 7A

Bret Morey and son, Elijah, with their new Elijah’s X-Treme hot sauce vending machine. (photo by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

Cherryville City Manager Jeff Cash and City Financial Director Dixie Wall at the ElectriCities Annual Conference, in South Carolina. Dixie holds her Public Power Rising Star Award. (photo provided)

It’s back to school time for Gaston County Schools

Father, son hot sauce entrepreneurs expand business again

Bret Morey: “Our 2021 on-line sales will exStudents returned to class year with enthusiasm and learning loss as a result of on Monday, Aug. 23 to begin optimism and hopes of expe- the pandemic, schools will ceed $1.8 million” riencing a school routine that is as normal as possible while still navigating the effects of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. It is the goal of all teachers and school employees to see students grow and thrive this school year, according to Superintendent of Schools W. Jeffrey Booker. Here is a look at some back-to-school information for students, parents, and employees. ▪ Academic achievement is a priority In an effort to mitigate

concentrate attention on helping students to build on what they learned last year. With a focus on small-group enrichment lessons and activities, teachers will be able to review materials and concepts in subjects like math and reading and personalize learning to address content areas where students need the most help. Schools also will offer various programs to support students socially, emotionally, and behaviorally. Additional highlights See GASTON, Page 5A


Asked to describe their most recent move and expansion for their ever-growing hot sauce business at the ribbon cutting on Friday, Aug. 20, former Cherryville resident and Gaston County entrepreneur, Bret Morey, said simply, “We are blessed beyond measure!” And he is not kidding, as he described how their small, seven-person business started


the 2021-2022 academic year On Monday, Aug. 23, approximately 29,000 students (pre-kindergarten through high school) and more than 1,900 teachers in Gaston County Schools returned to class at the district’s 56 schools to begin the 20212022 year. Students, parents, and school employees are looking ahead to the new academic

out with him, son, Elijah, and one or two sauce cooking pans out of their own home kitchen and burgeoned into what it is now: a large Gaston County-based company that markets its own Elijah’s Extreme Ghost Pepper sauce, as well as a whole family of other flavorful sauces, across the nation and the world. Their growth has caused them to move twice in the last year, Bret said. “For an old marketing guy like me, keeping up with the latest trends and how to reach folks, the world is a different place. Marketing today is unbelievable, complicated and yet extremely rewarding as long as you understand what

to do and how to leverage it. “I had dabbled in social media to the best of my ability and had some success. However, Elijah took a full-on approach. Being tuned-in to trends, social media platforms and what’s most popular and where the best audience can be found for our products and learning how to leverage that is no small task. “Elijah began taking over all the marketing while still in college. We agreed on a budget that began as a daily spend for ads and he began to craft content, pictures, headlines, create and edit his own videos, adding music and even voice overs. Then See EXPAND, Page 2A



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Jewell Huffsteter LINCOLNTON – Mrs. Jewell Cooper Huffstetler, 79, passed away on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at her residence. Mrs. Huffstetler was born on Nov. 6, 1941 in Cleveland County, NC, a daughter of the late Landrum Audie Cooper and Fannie Lee Boles Cooper. She retired from Lincoln County Hospital as a Registered Nurse and then worked for Dr. George Bradley in Cherryville. Mrs. Huffstetler was a member of Laboratory United Methodist Church in Lincolnton where she was a lay speaker and Sunday school teacher for the Ladies class. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dan Huffstetler; the father of her children, Farrell Sain; and three brothers, Bill “Toots” Cooper, Landrum Tommy Cooper, and Newell “Gerald” Cooper. Survivors include a daughter, Melinda Williams and husband, Terry of Lincolnton; a son, Mark Sain and wife, Kim of Cherryville; a brother, Dwight Cooper, of Shelby; special friend, Wayne Ellis, of Lincolnton; three grandchildren, Ronnie Sain, Sonia Sain, and Brick Williams; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Visitation was on Sunday, July 25, 2021 from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., at Laboratory United Methodist Church. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., at Laboratory United Methodist Church in Lincolnton with Pastor Amy Lambert and Darius Curry officiating. Burial followed the service in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Laboratory United Methodist Church. A guest register is available at Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mrs. Huffstetler.

EXPAND From Page 1A would test each to see what was working best. This took hours and hours of time; the net result was more folks seeing our brand, more folks buying from our website, grocery and other stores and of course Amazon. As sales began to increase so did the need to invest more to continue that reach.” Bret noted after Elijah graduated college he began digging deeper into understanding the social media platforms, creating more and more content, understanding how to best shape the audiences, engagements and demographics, learning what was working and what was not. “He built on the successes and learned from the failures,” he said. “I always told him you learn from the mistakes so you know what not to do later, and it makes you better. Finding out what doesn’t work is just as important as what does.” Morey said the result – by May 2020 – was they saw sales like it was Christmas time, and knew they needed more space than our garage to manage our accelerated growth. He continued, “We found a 2,500-square foot warehouse space in Ranlo in an old mill, cleaned it up, painted it and made it our home. Business shot up over 400 percent! We moved in Aug. 1 2020 and quickly got set up with our packing table from the garage and adding two more. By November, we saw our sale trend up fast! By December,

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Debra Ann Matheson

Vickey Davis Newton

David Barry Woods

KINGS MOUNTAIN – Debra Ann Flowers Matheson, 67, of Raven Dr., Kings Mountain, passed away Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021 at Atrium Health, Cleveland. She was born June 24, 1954 in Gaston County to the late James Alan “Bud” Flowers and Mary Lee Mauney Flowers. Debbie was a member of Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Cherryville High School. She retired from Eaton in 2018. Debbie enjoyed going to the beach and camping at Steele Creek with her family. She was a caregiver and had a desire to care for others. She will be remembered for her sweet smile. Debbie had a tight bond with her sisters and loved her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Harold Eugene Matheson; son, Robie Matheson, and her granddaughter, Addison Carpenter. She is survived by her daughter, Cindy Bridges (Rodney) of Kings Mountain; grandchildren, Lane Carpenter and wife, Alexandra, Stephanie Carpenter and fiancé, Dylan Cook; two great-grandchildren, Berkley and Jackson; and siblings, Janice Barker and husband, Roy, Sandy Lynn and husband, Lee, and Donna Hall. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021 at Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church with Rev. Greg Neely officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Her family receive friends from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children. Condolences may be made to Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Matheson.

CHERRYVILLE – Mrs. Vickey Diane Davis Newton, 56, passed away peacefully on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021 at her residence. Vickey was born in Lincoln County, NC, on Nov. 11, 1964, a daughter of Susan Carswell Davis of Lawndale and the late Larry Joe “Joey” Davis. She was employed for 12 years for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department and then 17 years for the Department of Corrections. Vickey was a member of David’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Lawndale. In addition to her mother, survivors include her husband, Jeff Newton, of the home; a step-daughter, Amanda Newton Parton and husband Blayne, of Bryson City; a step-son, Lee Newton and wife Jessica, of Shelby; a brother, Joel Davis, of Lincolnton; and five grandchildren, Waya, Bryce, Brooklyn and Molly Parton, and Sophia Newton. A memorial service was held at 6 p.m., on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021 at Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Johnny Norton officiating. The family greeted friends following the service. Burial was private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lupus Foundation of American, North Carolina Chapter, Inc., 4530 Park Rd., Suite 302, Charlotte, NC, 28209. A guest register is available at Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mrs. Newton.

KINGS MOUNTAIN – Mr. David Barry Woods, 80, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 at Atrium Health – Cleveland in Shelby. David was born in Lincoln County, NC, on July 10, 1941, a son of the late Coley Woods and Margaret Sisk Woods. He was employed by Cherry Motors in the parts department and retired from the City of Cherryville as a lab tech with the waste water treatment plant. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Scott and Doug Woods. Survivors include two daughters, Trina Dellinger and husband, Jack of Shelby, and Tiffini Molesky and husband, Greg of Charlotte; two grandchildren, Philip and Katelyn Molesky; two sisters, Phyllis “Peewee” Bumgardner, and Jane Arrowood and husband, Dennis, all of Cherryville. A private graveside service was held at St. Paul United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Lail officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Edwin Dalton, 2522 New Prospect Church Rd., Shelby, NC, 28150. A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome. com. Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mr. Woods.

we (Elijah, myself and our one employee, Juan) were packing 500-600 orders a day! We had to have the post office come pick up from us three times a day, each time filling their van. And here I was thinking managing 100-plus orders a day would be a lot!” Morey said a great deal of that carried over into 2021, and they added another packing table, now with four (tables), they realized the 2,500-sq. ft. space was not big enough. By March they barely had space to move around with the need to have more inventory on-hand to pack and ship quickly, we needed more space. They found a bigger, 6,000-sq. ft. warehouse with a small office area that was a perfect fit for them, he said. “Just like before, we cleaned and painted and up-fit the whole space to be our own, 'home away from home’. Adding four more packing tables, (now with 8) and hiring four more people (three for packing and shipping and one to help Elijah with marketing). We moved in June 1, got setup in a weekend and only 10 months after our first move out of the garage. We have been extremely blessed! Our focus, as soon as we got moved, is on our fourth quarter sales and our Christmas selling season,” he said. Elijah’s savvy social media marketing, (with help now), working with influencers, creating more content and growing our reach, Bret said their products have been seen by over 12.5 million folks in just the last 90 days alone – and growing. “We now have hundreds of recipes using our sauces

now on our own Pintrest page and website with step-by-step videos as well. Elijah has also created a weekly recipe news letter, 'Cookin’ it up with Elijah’s Xtreme’, only in its fifth week and already reaching 5,000 who signed up to get it. There’s no magic, just a lot of hard work creating content daily, testing ads, then growing the ones working,” he said, adding the results are exponential growth with sales rocketing up 400 percent-plus over 2020’s numbers. “Elijah’s Xtreme brand is now reaching millions of folks and building a broader base. The best part is we’re seeing an average of 22 percent repeat customer orders. And as that continues, in 4 years we’ll sell as much to repeat customers as to new ones!” (Morey noted their on-line sales will exceed $1.8 million for 2021 and their total gross sales on overall channels is $2.5-2.9 million – he added, “Just think, our sales for 2019 was $298,000. God is good!” When asked what was next in the grand scheme for Elijah’s X-Treme, Morey replied, “We knew when we leased the new warehouse we’d outgrow it in less than two years, so we got a shorter lease agreement. Our ultimate goal is we’re already working toward buying land and building our own 30,000-40,000 sq. ft. office warehouse by 2023. Also, adding in another 1,000 to 2,000 grocery stores by 2023, and increasing our on-line sales to surpass our Amazon sales (2021 Amazon online sales alone is over $1.2 million!).

Additionally, Bret noted how just about a month ago Elijah got their two of their best-selling products launched on Walmart. com, which will take time to build over the next year or two. “We got a request for us to add our products to a wholesale site called Faire. They sell to brick-and-mortar stores across the U.S., in Canada, and to Europe,” he said, adding, “We launched this about three months ago and have already sold into Canada, Italy, and Scotland. Plus a couple dozen shops in the USA with at least three that have re-ordered.” There is so much more to tell about their new products on the horizon (a 5-pack gift set/box, out just in time for Christmas; the launch of their Xtreme Regret Reserve (an even hotter hot sauce than their hottest to date); re-working their Tangy Fire BBQ-Marinade into a Beer-Bacon and Fire BBQ-Marinade; and lastly, a mild green sauce to finish out their line of mild sauces, to be simply called, 'Elijah’s’. The duo and their company wanted to be close to home, and they are naturally all about community and hometown, so being close to other local businesses was important in their location decisions. “We want to support other local small business and this was another way to do that,” said Bret. They currently we have four business channels: On-line Amazon, our website,, and ebay. They also sell via Speciality Wholesale – wholesale

ARRESTS 8-6: Kyle Ray Bess, 34, 177 Church St., Ellenboro, NC; one count felony possession of methamphetamine; one misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia; and WSOJ/possession. $15,000 secured bond. 8-7: Edward Blaine Markland, 21, 1128 Beagles Run Dr., Lincolnton; WSOJ for three (3) OFA’s (Gaston County). $27,000 secured bond. 8-9: Austin Nathaniel Hannon, 22, 709 East Dr., Cherryville; misdemeanor DWLR. Vehicle (Chevy Suburban) impounded and towed to/stored at KT Towing. $1,000 secured bond. 8-12: Chatnee Spring Carpenter, 39, 2552 Lincolnton Hwy., Cherryville, was arrested at this same address by GCPD officers on two (2) counts of an OFA for contempt of court/perjury/court violation. 8-12: Nathaniel Ray Maguire, 20, 6482 Sienna Ln., Denver, NC; two (2) counts each misdemeanor larceny and injury to personal property. $4,000 secured bond. Vehicle eft at scene. 8-14: Thomas Michael Gregory Rivera, 33, 233 Delview Dr., Cherryville, was arrested at 425 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, by GCSO deputies on five (5) counts of a warrant from another agency. 8-14: Matthew James Watkins, 19, 308 Lowery Ln., Apt. #9A, Cherryville; WSOJ/OFA (Gaston Co./concealed carry/ gun). $20,000 secured bond. INCIDENTS 7-31: Cherryville woman reports burglary & B&E and damage to property ($2,095/10 windows; one light fixture; and various hand tools) by unnamed male and female suspects who broke into the back of her residence. Case is active and under further investigation.

8-6: CPD officer reports possession of methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; and WSOJ by listed suspect. Seized: 0.50 grams of methamphetamine; three (3) syringes; and one (1) tin. Closed/cleared by arrest. 8-7: CPD officer reports WSOJ for OFA’s out of Gaston County for listed suspect. Closed/cleared by arrest. 8-9: CPD officer reports WSOJ/DWLR on listed suspect who had an OFA for DWLR. Closed/cleared by arrest. 8-10: CPD officer reports possession of marijuana up to ½ ounces by two listed subjects at Aaron Moss Park. Closed/ cleared by other means. Seized: 17 grams of marijuana. 8-12: CPD officer reports listed arrestee having an outstanding WSOJ for an OFA. Closed/cleared by arrest. 8-14: Cherryville man and woman report call for service due to gunshots heard in area and shell casings found on roadway. Seized: 11 40 caliber handgun shell casings. Case is active and under further investigation. 8-14: CPD officer reports WSOJ/OFA (Gaston Co.) for carry concealed/gun by listed suspect who had the outstanding OFA. Closed/cleared by arrest. 8-14: Cherryville convenience and gas mart reports larceny ($45.47/misc. items) by unnamed suspects who stole listed items from store. Case status: unfounded. 8-14: Cherryville woman reports larceny ($181/gaming supplies/chair) by listed suspects who stole packages oof of victim’s porch. Stolen/recovered: gaming headset; mounting dream; and S-Racer gaming chair. Case is active and under further investigation.

A look inside Elijah’s X-Treme’s new warehouse in Gastonia. (photo by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media) distributors like Bass Pro and Cabela’s nationwide; UNFI and KeHE Distributors (wholesale to grocery); where they’re currently located in 1,000 (i.e. Ingles, Winn-Dixie, Fresco Y Mas, Harveys and a few other smaller chains); and distributors, such as Blue Mountain (one they have grown with almost from the start. They wholesale to Ingles, tons of “mom and pop’s” in three states. And coming soon is Elijah’s Xtreme Vending, said Bret. “It will be fully loaded with all our hot sauces and gift boxes! To land somewhere in either Concord Mills, or the outlet mall off Steel Creek Rd. Then if that goes as planned, we’ll be creat-

ing a business model to franchise the vending machine as a standalone business!” In addition to CEO Bret and CMO Elijah, there are five more employees and they’ll be hiring three more soon. “There are Faith (marketing support, works on product recipe creation); Gabby (marketing support); Juan (packing and shipping supervisor); packers Philip and Melody; and my wife, Monique, our support and advocate, but she’s not so much involved with the day-to-day aspects of the business.” Lastly, Bret noted they are grateful for all the support, and

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Library card – powerful keys to opening so many doors! Iby TRACI POLLITT Cherryville Library Branch Manager

As the kids head back to school, this is a great time to point out that September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. Former Secretary of Education William Bennett once said, “Every child should obtain a library card and use it.” In 1987, the American Library Association (ALA) decided to begin a campaign to fulfill that goal and funded the first Library Card Sign-up Month. A library card is often tiny and unassuming, yet it acts as a powerful key, opening access to technology, media, programs, information, and of course, books for people of all ages. It allows our communities to pursue life-long education as well as gives them the opportunity to enrich their lives. It really is the smartest card to carry! For children, obtaining their first library card is something special, giving them some sense of what it’s like to be part of a community (the library). It’s also a good opportunity to learn about the concept of borrowing some-

September is Library Card Sign-up Month! thing, the need to care for a thing that does not belong to you, and the responsibility to return it on time so someone else can enjoy it. Reading helps develop little brains as well as language and literacy skills. And reading together as a family helps children associate the act with pleasant activities, which in turn helps develop a love of reading. The ALA chooses a spokesperson every year for the campaign, and we’re happy to introduce you to this year’s selection, Marley Dias. She is the 16-year-old dynamo that founded #1000BlackGirlBooks, an international movement to collect and donate children’s books that feature African-American girls as the lead character. She launched the program in November of 2015 with the help

of GrassROOTS Community Foundation with a goal of collecting 1,000 books by February 2016. To date, Dias has collected over 13,000 books! You can find the #1000BlackGirlBooks resource guide on the foundation’s website. Getting a library card is easy and takes just a few minutes. Visit our website at and click on “Library Card Information” for details. And you are always welcome to call us at (704) 435-6767, with questions. Better yet, stop by the branch at 605 E. Main Street during our public service hours! We are open 10 a.m., to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., Friday and Saturday. And remember – stay safe and stay healthy!

Danny “the P.A. Man” Eaker and his sister, Pam Eaker Anthony, with their mother, Mrs. Vera Sellers Eaker, at her 100th birthday celebration at First United Methodist Church. (photo by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

Eaker celebrates 100th birthday Mrs. Vera Sellers Eaker celebrated her 100th birthday on Aug. 22, 2021 at Cherryville’s First United Methodist Church, greeting her many family members and friends who came by to wish her well and a Happy Birthday! Mrs. Eaker and her late husband, Alonzo, were married Dec. 27, 1942. They had two children; son, Danny Eaker (wife, Judy); and daughter,

Pam Anthony (late husband, Ronnie); and four grandchildren, Allen Eaker (wife, Lisa), Valerie Keefe (husband, Dwayne); Heidi Anthony Cash (husband, Chad); and Wes Anthony (wife, Angie); and six great-grandchildren: Noah, Katie, and Sarah Eaker; Alex and Allie Anthony; and Austin Keefe. The Keefe’s live and work as missionaries in Australia

while the other grandchildren and great-grandchildren live, go to school, or work in NC. Mrs. Eaker is a resident at Carolina Care and Rehabilitation. As her family and many friends all sang “Happy Birthday” to her, she blew them kisses, thanking them for coming and helping her celebrate a century of a life well lived for God, her family, and her community!

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ments from folks on social media and other places are so amazing!. It’s wild for us to see how so many folks love our sauces that much!

Tyler Bain and Haley Shamblin, with Cavendish Brewing Company. The craft beer emporium was established in 2017, and was chosen to be a part of the Aug. 20, opening and ribbon cutting of Elijah’s X-Treme.

Business is growing, our base is becoming bigger, more folks are becoming aware of our brand and it’s allowing us to support our business, the community, and employee others! As Elijah put the other day, he said, 'Dad, I’m so thankful I get to do what

The members of Mariachi Estrellas de Mexico of Charlotte, who performed at the ribbon cutting and grand opening of Elijah’s X-Treme in Gastonia. The band members are Asis Ayala (coronet); Jesus Gonzalez (violin); Javier Rosales (Guitarron); and Benjamin Ayala (viheula).

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The food for the ribbon cutting/grand opening of Bret and Elijah Morey’s Elijah’s X-Treme business was catered by Viva Tequis, of Gastonia. The cooks and chef are: Yovani Castro, Bradley Anthony, and owner Fransico Montes.

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TODAY’S QUOTE: No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave. – Calvin Coolidge

OPINION Just a rant (or two… or…) To mask or not to mask…Is that even a question?! What the…? Just when we all thought it was safe to go outside again COVID steps right back up and gives us all a swift kick in the nether regions! Especially all us oldsters and sort-of sick folk who were told we so desperately needed the ‘vax’ so we could return to the land of the living and not have to stay inside until the return of our Lord. Weuns all ventured outside, looking like pale, blind cave worms, shambling about like some of those brain-eating zombies from the “Walking Dead” television show, blinking out an SOS with our eyelids, trying our best to find the nearest vaccine site. And once we got all rounds of it, we were convinced all would be well. I mean, after all, didn’t our all-knowing scientists save us all from almost virtual annihilation? And now this! This

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COVID-19 Delta variant thingee! But wait… what’s this I’m seeing? A report from they who can speak no evil (a.k.a. the Mainstream Media/Overpaid-Under intelligent Talking Heads that they are, and our near-perfect “EO’s” [Elected Officials]) that clearly states a HUGE percentage of those susceptible to this Delta variant are the UNVACCINATED? Can it be? That a group who can’t, or won’t, do just the simple task of getting a shot in order to help themselves (and the general public at large) are

the ones who have all but condemned the rest of us to having to – EGADS! – mask up again? Okay, so I’m overstating (and oversimplifying) things again (I seem to be very good at this, or very bad at it, depending on your view of my opinions…) when it comes to how life in our little corner of America is going. But, you know… my wife and I are just generally tired of it all, really. Like you, we’re just trying to understand why we all can’t be smarter; act smarter in the long run when it comes to halting the spread of this virus. Since there is a vaccine that has been proven to protect people with very little side effects, then for God’s sake use it; take it. Check with your doctor and see what he/she/ they/them/insert correct PC pronoun here says, then get it. Or don’t and stay home! As all of the whiners like to scream and chant, “It’s my right to not take it!” So it is… so it is! But,

Saying “see you later” to a special man… It seems like wonderful I have written wife, chilhere a lot redren, grandcently about children, losing special great-grandpeople in our children, and lives. We’ve nieces and said ‘goodbye’ nephews, and to my cousin, many friends, Nancy this in addition to By Anne S. Haynes summer, as well his brother, as my sisterHoyle and in-law, Violet’s brother, his wife. He loved each Larry. And now it is our one of us, and was always Uncle Charles. He was available with lots of ena wonderful guy with a couragement and advice. love for God, and for his Each one of his children family. Uncle Charles spoke at his funeral, and it was a brother to Tommy’s was heartwarming the way dad, Roy. Tommy’s Uncle they spoke of their dad as Hoyle is the only surviving well as their mother. I’ve sibling of seven boys and often heard it said that a three girls. He’s a great person preaches their own man too. funeral in the way they It’s still a little difficult live their life, and this was to believe Uncle Charles certainly true of Uncle is not here. And while we Charles. know he is in heaven with Uncle Charles coached Jesus Christ and family a baseball team many members and friends, he years ago. My brother, will be greatly missed here Doug was on that team, on earth. and I love to look at the Uncle Charles had a picture of the team and

their coach. It brings back many happy childhood memories. There are many positions Uncle Charles held at Shady Grove Baptist Church of Cherryville that will need to be filled, and it will definitely be quite a task. He was the kind of person who did everything well and to the best of his ability. Add to that the way he cared for his family and friends and his honeybees and the honey, and everything Uncle Charles did just grows more and more special and unique. We do not know when it’s our turn to leave this world, which means we must face reality. The words I wrote earlier still sound forth here. The fact that your actions do preach your funeral is worth remembering. And as for Uncle Charles we are not saying “goodbye”, we’re just saying “see you later.”

here’s this: it’s our right to take said vaccine (which we have) and enjoy the fruits of our having done so (getting out and about) without having to wear stifling masks we can barely breathe through just to placate the few who won’t get vaccinated! Where have all the workers gone? My wife and I were standing in line yesterday at a local big-box store and saw one check-out counter open. Over 15 to 20 of us were patiently waiting to check

out, waiting on the poor overworked cashier who was trying her best to get everyone through. Sure, they had areas where you could check yourself out and we saw numerous youngsters over there whacking their cards through or pouring cash into the slots, bagging their own items like automatons. Oldsters that we were, we just wanted to get through the line without having to take a crash course in Automated Self Check-out 101. On the way out, my wife noticed a “Now

Hiring” sign near the store and commented, “Seriously? Is that just for show, or do you think they are really wanting to hire people?” I replied, “If they were really serious about getting more help, that sign most likely wouldn’t still be up.” We both pondered that silently on the drive home and I resolved to find out why no one wants to work or hire those who do want to work anymore. More on that later… stay tuned, folks!

Staying focused; what life requires… Willingness to try and to learn new skills is imperative to navigating Glenn Mollette life. There Guest Editorial is always more to learn. Learning happens in school, through trial and error, personal research and time spent with others who already know what you need to learn. You can learn a lot from listening to others. Listening is one of the greatest tools of financial and life security. If you will listen you will know what you know plus what you are hearing. The ability to listen and focus in a class is essential for a student’s success. Listening to your workplace boss, or someone who is training you is imperative. When someone is telling you how to do something you have potential to grow as a person. Someone is giving you knowledge that will provide you with the ability to perform a task. A major detriment to the success of learning from teachers, mentors

and trainers is distraction. Many people struggle with this problem naturally. Attention Deficit, Hyperactivity Disorder plagues millions of America’s children and adults. Too often school children are never diagnosed and struggle all through school. Adults carry this problem with them in different ways for years and sometimes most of their lives. Understanding that you, a family member or someone you work with has this problem at least gives you a better perspective. Diagnosis by a trained professional can be extremely helpful to the individual, family, teachers and those impacted in the workplace. Everyone has a chance of dealing with what they know. New forms of distraction have come on the scene in recent years. Spam telephone calls seem to come at me 10 or more times a day. Unwanted text messages, spam email and social media distraction bombard us. Too many times we have heard of auto accidents because someone was trying to read or send a text message will driving. Cars now have

bigger screens, Wi-Fi, telephones, and hundreds of radio stations. There’s a lot to distract us. While distraction is a major source of some of our problems, focus is the key to solving many of our problems. The problem with focus is that we can’t focus on everything. Determining our priorities is essential and sometimes that’s where life is difficult. Too often we have a list of many priorities. The only way to really accomplish and succeed is to determine what is most important and to put our energy and minds into making the “most important” successful. Family, school, career, sports, business, hobbies and more provide us with many choices to make every day. You have to decide which is most important and put your heart and strength into it. Whatever it is will work out better. Jesus understood this. He told his followers the greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. That is focus. Focus is what anything worth doing normally requires.



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GASTON From Page 5A include a new program for pre-kindergarten students that teaches them about social and behavior skills, students in the fifth grade will engage in career awareness opportunities through the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, and the district’s Composer program, which is designed for students who demonstrate qualities of being academically/ intellectually gifted, expands to all Title I elementary schools. ▪ COVID-19 protocols and procedures On Monday, Aug. 16, the Gaston County Board of Education voted to require face coverings/masks for people inside school buildings and central office buildings. The requirement is for students, employees, parents, and visitors while they are inside a Gaston County Schools facility regardless of vaccination status. The requirement goes into effect immediately and continues through Sept. 20 when the Board of Education meets again and plans to review the decision. Factors that contributed to the decision include the high transmission rate of the COVID-19 Delta variant and the high COVID-19 positivity rate in Gaston County. Additionally, wearing face coverings/masks indoors is expected to reduce the number of students/employees who are required to quarantine when there is a confirmed case. Students/ drivers are required to wear a face covering/mask while riding on a school bus or activity bus in accordance with federal requirements for public transportation. When there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 among students and employees, Gaston County Schools will follow the quarantine procedures that are outlined in the “StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit” beginning on page 14. Parents and employees are encouraged to review the procedures so they are aware of what steps will be taken when quarantine becomes necessary. Like last year, the district will post on its website a weekly count by school of the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases among students and employees, and schools will send a weekly e-mail to parents and employees to provide a summary of the number of confirmed cases. When there is the need for quarantining students, the school will contact the affected families to provide them with information/instructions. If the closure of a classroom or school becomes necessary, the school will provide information/instructions for parents and employees. When students are away from school because of quarantine, they will have coursework/assignments available in the Schoology or Canvas learning management system. Schools will encourage social distancing when possible. Students will be reminded to wash their hands frequently, hand sanitizer will be available, and students/staff will be asked to follow one-way traffic flow in hallways where feasible. Upon arrival at school, students will report directly to class rather than congregating in a common area – this practice was in place last school year. Parents/students and employees are asked to conduct a COVID-19 symptom screening each morning at home before coming to school. Field trips will not take place during the first nine weeks of school, and non-essential visitors will be limited in school buildings. Athletic events will be held as scheduled. ▪ School schedule and bus transportation Schools will operate five days a week using the start/end times that were implemented last year. Elementary schools will operate from 7:30 a.m., until 2:30 p.m. Middle schools and high schools will operate from 8:30 a.m., until 3:30 p.m. (Parents should check with their child’s school for the exact schedule as start/end times for some schools may vary by 5-10 minutes.) With a “two-tier schedule,” bus drivers are able to run two routes (rather than just one) in the morning and in the afternoon – an elementary route first and then a middle school or a high school route. The process is intended to get students to school and back home in a timely manner and ensure that there are enough bus drivers. Please note that students/

drivers are required to wear a face covering/mask while riding on a school bus or activity bus per federal requirements for public transportation. Buses will be cleaned/disinfected after morning and afternoon routes. Every school bus has a four-camera system, which will aid in monitoring behavior and safety and COVID-19 contact tracing. Parents will receive information from their child’s school about bus routes, pick-up and drop-off times, etc. ▪ Continued focus on school safety In addition to encouraging health and safety procedures related to COVID-19 (such as frequent handwashing, use of hand sanitizer, frequent cleaning/sanitizing, social distancing when possible, etc.), schools will follow its protocol to keep the school environment safe and secure for students and employees. Schools will continue the practice of random metal detection screenings for students and staff. Additionally, metal detection screenings and bag checks will be in place for athletic events such as high school football games. It is recommended that spectators do not bring bags to athletic events – doing so slows down the entrance line because the bags need to be checked. Schools also will conduct evacuation, lockdown, and tornado/severe weather drills periodically. The internal, two-way radio communication system used by schools is being upgraded with the replacement of analog “walkie talkies” with digital ones. ▪ A new high school and a new middle school campus For the first time, Gaston County Schools is welcoming students to the new Belmont Middle School campus and the Gaston Early College of Medical Sciences. Belmont Middle is the newest school in Gaston County. It is located at 1020 South Point Rd., and is less than a half-mile away from South Point High School. It cost approximately $40 million to build the school, which replaces the historic school building on Central Avenue near downtown Belmont. The Gaston Early College of Medical Sciences is located on the Gaston College campus in Dallas. The new high school is designed to develop a future workforce to meet the growing demand for healthcare professionals in Gaston County. Students have the opportunity to obtain a high school diploma and associate degree in preparation for a medical-related career. The grand opening celebration for Belmont Middle School was held Aug. 15. An open house program for the Gaston Early College of Medical Sciences will be held in September. ▪ It’s worth mentioning Here are some additional items that are worth mentioning as students and teachers head back to school: ▪ Students will receive breakfast and lunch meals freeof-charge. This is made possible again this year through the USDA’s National School Lunch Program. New menu items include chicken wings for middle schools and high schools and chicken drummies for elementary schools. Some schools have chosen to implement the “grab and go” breakfast option for students. ▪ Students will be issued a Chromebook computer for use at school and at home. Providing a computing device for each student was done for the first time when the pandemic began to support remote/virtual learning. ▪ Each school will be assigned a full-time nurse to provide additional health-related support and care for students. Previously, some nurses were assigned to two schools. ▪ Motorists are reminded of heavy traffic near schools in the early morning and mid-afternoon hours. It is important for motorists to decrease speed in school zones, watch for pedestrians, and use caution when they see a school bus. ▪ If parents have a question or concern, they are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher or the school principal to discuss the issue or schedule a meeting. Parents are reminded to make sure that their child’s school has up-to-date contact information (home address, telephone number, and e-mail address).

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Spiritual growth takes time… mato plants. Even T h i s week, one before this process, of our there’s no doubt he church started the tomato members, plants from seeds H o y l e indoors. Before the Haynes, plants ever went dropped by into the soil there the church were months of office to REV. DALE planning and work HENDRICKS bless my that had already Senior Pastor family with taken place. Even some gar- Shady Grove Baptist at that point, there d e n - f r e s h Church, Cherryville would still be lots tomatoes of work and time to and a wacome. The plants had to termelon. Boy, oh boy! be watered and protected What a treat! As I enjoyed from the frost. I am sure a tomato that evening, it that Hoyle fertilized the really did not dawn on me plants and probably dusted at that moment the time them to protect them from and work it took for this insects. As the plants grew, single tomato that I en- they would have needed joyed with my meal. You to be ‘staked up’ for supsee, Hoyle had to prepare port and lots of weeding the land and plant the towould take place. Soon

The moment you open yourself to Christ, Jesus begins to work in your life. You may think you have surrendered all your life to Him, but the truth is, there is a lot to your life that you aren’t even conscious of. You can only give God as much of you as you understand at that moment. That’s okay. Once Jesus begins to work, He takes over more and more of your life until all of your life is completely His. There will be struggles and battles, but the outcome will never be in doubt. God has promised that “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion.” – (Philippians 1:6)

the blooms would come and later the tomato would begin to grow. However, to enjoy the lush ripe tomatoes at their prime, they would have to be picked at just the right time. When I apply this to my own life, I am reminded that it takes years for us to grow to adulthood, just like it takes a full season for fruit to mature and ripen. The same is true for the fruit of the Spirit. The development of Christlike character cannot be rushed. When you try to ripen fruit quickly, it loses its flavor. While we worry about how fast we grow, God is more concerned about how strong we grow. God views our lives from and for eternity, so He is never in a hurry.

Cherryville Area

Places of Worship

Fairview Baptist Church 415 South Mountain Street, Cherryville Anthony Grove Baptist Church 100 Anthony Grove Road Crouse, NC 704-435-6001 Bess Chapel United Methodist Church 6073 Flay Road Cherryville, NC 704-435-7969 Bethlehem United Methodist Church 6753 NC 182 Highway Cherryville, NC 704-435-1608 Blessed Hope Baptist Church 3357 Fallston-Waco Road Cherryville, NC 704-435-8530 Body of Christ Fellowship Center 405 S. Cherokee Street Cherryville, NC Calvary Way Holiness Church 1017 Second Street Cherryville, NC Pastor Clifton Morgan Cherryville Church of God 810 East Main Street Cherryville, NC 704-435-2275 Cherryville Missionary Methodist Church 318 W. Ballard Street Cherryville, NC 704-435-6934 Emmanuel Baptist Church 1155 Marys Grove Church Road Cherryville, NC 704-435-5764

Fairview Baptist Church 415 South Mountain Street Cherryville, NC 704-435-4299

Living Word Ministries 306 East Academy Street Cherryville, NC 704-435-3213

Second Baptist Church 201 Houser Street Cherryville, NC 704-435-9657

First Baptist Church 301 East 1st Street Cherryville, NC 704-435-3796

Marys Grove United Methodist Church 1223 Marys Grove Church Rd Cherryville, NC 704-435-5544

Shady Grove Baptist Church 3240 Tryon Courthouse Road Cherryville, NC 704-435-9605

Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church 235 A.W. Black Street Waco, NC 704-435-8842

St. John’s Lutheran Church 310 West Church Street Cherryville, NC 704-435-9264

Mt. Zion Baptist Church 112 Mt. Zion Church Road Cherryville, NC 704-435-9636

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church 1203 St. Mark’s Church Road Cherryville, NC 704-435-5941

North Brook Baptist Church 7421 Flay Road Cherryville, NC 704-435-4471

Victory Life Assembly of God 1655 Shelby Highway Cherryville, NC 704-435-5539

Oak Grove AME Zion Church 542 Flint Hill Road Cherryville, NC 704-435-3687

Waco Baptist Church 262 N. Main Street Waco, NC 704-435-9311

Oak Grove Baptist Church 219 Tot Dellinger Road Cherryville, NC 704-435-3053

Washington Missionary Baptist Church 1920 Stony Point Road Waco, NC 704-435-3138

First Church of the Nazarene 301 North Elm Street Cherryville, NC 828-838-2428 First Presbyterian Church 107 West Academy Street Cherryville, NC 704-435-6064 First United Methodist Church 601 N. Pink St. Cherryville, NC 704-435-6732 First Wesleyan Church 800 North Pink Street Cherryville, NC 704-435-6069 Free Saints Chapel Church 813 Self Street Cherryville, NC 704-435-0949 Gospel Way Baptist Church 3904 Tryon Courthouse Rd. Cherryville, NC 866-356-3219 Jesus Servant Ministries 108 N. Mountain St. Cherryville, NC 704-769-8085 Legacy Church 805 Self Street Cherryville, NC 704-457-9615

Revival Tabernacle 1104 Delview Road Cherryville, NC 704-435-4073

Word of Faith Ministry 306 Doc Wehunt Road Cherryville, NC 704-435-5560

Rudisill Chapel AME Zion Church 417 South Mountain Street Cherryville, NC 704-435-5621

Zion Hill Baptist Church 3460 Zion Hill Road Cherryville, NC 704-435-3355

If your church is in the Cherryville area and is not listed, please give Lorri a call at 704-484-1047 or email


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Lady Ironmen varsity VB squad wins first home game of season Coach Kiser, teams, all happy to be back in Nixon by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

Even though everyone is back to wearing masks, CHS head volleyball coach Leigh Kiser said she and her teams are happy to be back in the gym for a normal season, and hopes her veteran team can win a bunch of matches this season. Said Kiser, “We have a lot of returners with game experience and have some really talented newcomers.” The Lady Ironmen opened their 2021 season by traveling to Forestview where they came away with a 3-0 loss to a tough team. Scores in that matchup were 25-10, 25-22, and 25-9. Kiser noted Taylor Digh and Rileigh Kiser each had 10 digs, with Rileigh adding

10 assists, of which four went to senior Terayha Bess. Kiser said her team went through long scoring droughts that really put them in a hole early. The CHS ladies’ home court, Nixon Gym, hosted the visiting Chase Lady Trojans in the home opener with CHS pulling out an exciting 3-2 victory. Kiser noted match scores were 26-24 (CHS), 26-24 (Chase), 25-19 (CHS), 25-19 (Chase), and 15-12 (CHS). Coach Kiser said her team “…showed a lot of grit in the match” adding she was proud of the way they answered each Chase run. Stat leaders were Rileigh Kiser (7 aces, 26 assists, 13 digs); Terayha Bess (13 kills); Taylor Digh (22 digs); and Addie Eaker and Katie Eaker, each with 7 kills. On Thursday, Aug. 18, cross county rival West Lincoln invaded Nixon Gym, and the Lady Rebels pulled out a hard-fought 3-2 win over

coach Kiser’s ladies. Said Kiser, “Our team had an early lead and seemed to relax, letting the Rebels back in the match. Some poor serving and passing did us in, in this one.” Stats in this one were: Terayha Bess with 13 kills, and freshman Carson Reed, with 6 kills. These two led the Lady Ironmen offense. Rileigh Kiser set them up with 31 assists and led the defense with 18 digs. Senior Skye Reed’s 10 digs also helped out the ladies. Coach Kiser said she has learned much about the fight in her varsity team and knows more wins are in the ladies’ future. In JV action the JV Lady Ironmen lost their first match 2-0, at Forestview, 25-14 and 25-8. Krista Davis was stat leader with 7 digs. The JV’s lost a heartbreaker 2-0, in last Wednesday’s home opener by scores of 25-22 and 25-23. The Ironmen juniors got

Lady Ironmen senior, Terayha Bess blasts a shot back to the Chase Lady Trojans’ side during last week’s non-conference match at Nixon Gym. (photo by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media) their first win of the season, however, by beating West Lincoln’s JVs by scores of 25-14 (CHS), 25-17 (WL), and 15-13 (CHS). Lexi McSwain’s three (3) serve aces

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Golden Lions. The teams records are: Varsity – 1-2; and JV – 1-2.


vice and utilization of technology.” Mr. Cash continued, “Dixie was hired as Cherryville’s Finance Director, but very quickly also assumed the responsibility of Administrative Utility Director. Dixie does an excellent job in her role. She is very dedicated to the City of Cherryville and to our citizens. She does excellent work and is very skilled. She is the consummate professional. The City of Cherryville is fortunate to have Dixie Wall as an employee and department head!”

From Page 1A received the award. Wall said the Public Power Rising Star Award, “…recognizes an up-andcoming leader who has less than 10 years of experience and who, in that relatively short period of time, has made significant and sustained contributions to the electric utility industry and to public power specifically.” City Manager Cash added the award places, “…a high emphasis on customer ser-

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Mr. Todd Dellinger, Principal of W. Blaine Beam Intermediate, with a couple of his students (from Mrs. Britton’s 5th grade class) standing by their school sign at the first day of school. They are (L-R): Mr. Dellinger, Linley Barclift, Anna Huffman, and Brody Carpenter.

W. Blaine Beam Intermediate Fellow Principal and career educator Todd Dellinger (Principal at W. Blaine Beam Intermediate) said of his school, “We have 207 students currently enrolled. This includes 105 new fourth graders, of which around 20 or so are coming back from asynchronous and virtual environments.” As for staff changes, Mr. Dellinger noted, “We did not have any retirements or staff losses. Mrs. Clark will be moving into a reading teaching position and Melanie Sherrill will be coming back to Beam as a fourth grade teacher (Melanie was part of the original staff).” Dellinger noted they are, “…very excited to start the year with our Falcons Radio Club. The club started during the second half of last year and has already received national attention. We also will be glad to

John Chavis Middle School John Chavis Middle’s Matt Rikard said they are expecting about 410 to be enrolled at JCMS this year. As for new teachers, staff, and personnel, he noted, “We have added one new eighth grade ELA teacher, Mrs. Sigmon and a Spanish teacher, Mr. Mora. We are also excited that Cherryville Elementary’s Ms. Greene has moved up to serve as Assistant Principal.” Rikard said masks will be required to start the year, and will continue for at least the first 30 days, based on the Board of Education’s latest decision. He continued, “We will also continue our cleaning protocols,

Mr. Shawn Hubers, Principal of Cherryville High School, speaks with teacher Emilie Pope as she speaks to her class about some of the school’s and her class’s rules. and we also have air purifiers in every room. We are also working to raise money for outdoor classroom areas for our students.” Rikard, as the head WBBI Falcon, said of his experience, “I taught several years at Cherryville High School and am proud to be in the Cherryville community serving as Principal

at JCMS. Our goal this year is to do everything we can to keep our students safe and healthy, while challenging them to grow academically.” Cherryville High School Head Ironman Shawn Hubers, CHS’ new Principal estimates they will welcome just



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over 500 students back to CHS. As far as new people at CHS, Hubers noted, “We hired Antonio Griggs to teach EC. He is going to do a fantastic job and we are blessed to have him at CHS teaching. He has coached for many years and has had a tremendously positive impact on students. We also have Jenny

Hoyle as Social Worker and Michelle Cuomo as (our) boys soccer (coach). I am confident that they are both going to be great additions to CHS.” So far as new classes/programs, Mr. Hubers said there were none this year. As for COVID protection issues, Hubers said, “Right now students will be wearing masks, socially distancing when possible, and (we will have) one-way hallways. The school board will revisit the situation at the board meeting in September.” Hubers is a consummate education professional, noting he has taught Health/PE and coached basketball at North Gaston for nine years. “I then went through the NC Principal Fellows program and got my administration degree through UNCC. I spent a total of eight years at Cherryville Elementary (two as Assistant Principal and six as Principal) before being named as Principal at Cherryville High School,” he said. Said Mr. Hubers, “Cherryville High School is a terrific school and I want to continue to serve the students and staff at CHS and make it the best it can be.”

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From Page 1A as will her contemporaries, to be a leader, setting examples all can follow. Said Hovis, “As the leader of the school, I come with many years of experience in all elementary, middle, and high school administration. I am truly blessed to have this opportunity to be a part of the Cherryville family, where my son attends school. I hope to assist our students in growing academically, socially, and emotionally by encouraging them to reach their full potential every day. “I want to instill a love of learning and reading for all students by making it fun and exciting! I will encourage my students to let their lights shine daily and be a nice kid! I hope to build positive relationships with my students, staff, and the community as I embark on this new chapter in my career!”

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restart our technology club after COVID interrupted it in 2020.” Mr. Dellinger added, “This year will begin with masks but we will have full classes back five days a week, as opposed to only two on the separate cohort system. Many other safety procedures remain from last year to keep students safe.” Dellinger continued, “I did my student teaching at Tuscola High School in Waynesville. I taught U.S. history, world history, psychology, and Economics and Political System for nine years before becoming assistant principal at Cherryville Elementary School in 2001. I spent an amazing five years there before becoming principal at Bessemer City Primary. I was very blessed to have the opportunity to return Cherryville from Tryon 8Elementary to become principal at W. Blaine Beam Intermediate three years ago. This is my 20th year as an administrator. My goal this year for our school is to help create a learner-centered environment where students will make to make incredible gains to close the gap for lost learning due to the pandemic. I have the best feeling about this year despite the pandemic hanging on. I know this is going to be a fantastic year.”

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2021 CHS IRONMEN FOOTBALL TEAM – Front row (L-R): #1-Landon Hahn; #2-Carter Spangler; #3-J.D. Dattoli; #4-Jack Mulvey; #5-Anthony Roberts; #6-Kam Bolin; #7-Kadin Beaver; #8Caleb Hovis; #9-Jackson Owens; #11-Chase Miller; and #12-Gavin Cease. Back row, L-R are: #14-Tanner Sisk; #20-Mason Grindstaff; #21-Cooper Sloan; #34-Shamyr Moss; #44-Elijah Gibson; #50-Mitchell Lackey; #55-Collin Jones; #59-Jack Dellinger; #60-Gage Vernon; and #65-Corey Alston. Not present when photo was made: #17-Tobias Miller, and #74-Cameron Terrell. (photo by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

2021 CHS Ironmen football squads still works in progress School to field varsity; JV squads as they look to play hard in new conference setup by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

THE 2021 CHS IRONMEN JUNIOR VARSITY SQUAD – Front row (L-R): Seth Hall, Caydin Wooten, Noah Hollingsworth, Josh Ward, Devon Heard, Cameron Gatza, Justin Houser, Deshawn Heard, Cameron Lee, Bryson Sigmon, and Rayshawn Sewell. Top row (L-R): Amir Starr, Chandler Willis, Isaiah Beam, Conner Hawkins, Liam McIntyre, Jordan Lowrance, Kamariun Champion, Andron Patterson, Tyler Blalock, and Jacob Nathe. Absent when photo made: Corbin Thomas (#75), and Tyler Foley (#70).

At the July 17 football practices at CHS, head football coach Tim Pruitt (center) puts the young men through their paces, getting them ready for some Friday night football! See more photos on page 3B. Montgomery. Pruitt noted they will be looking to fill in one more coaching position to help Coach Gilmore with the Wide Receivers. Last Spring the team finished the COVID-shortened season 2-5, winning their two games against county 1A teams Bessemer City and Highland Tech.

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The 2021 CHS Ironmen football season kicks off Aug. 20, in an away game against Avery County. It will be followed by five games against opponents CHS hasn’t had to go up against in many seasons, if ever: Blacksburg, West Lincoln, Shelby, Burns, and East Gaston. That said, Coach Tim Pruitt doesn’t appear too worried, but he always has that air of calm about him that marks a good head coach: if he is worried about the team’s upcoming performance against those teams, he doesn’t show it. Here’s why. Said Pruitt recently, “Our practice has been upbeat so far. The weather has been great and the kids have been working hard. We have some new kids in the program as some upperclassmen have joined the program with our usual 9th grade group. We are working to install and instill the basics of both our offense and defense to be prepared for the season opener at Avery County.” He continued, “Our strength right now is that we have depth at the skill positions and though our total number of players is low we expect everyone on the varsity and JV levels to contribute. We are also expecting to be much faster on defense this Fall. Our weakness right now is the limited number of linemen that we have.” Pruitt noted that to create depth he hopes to add speed on the defensive line as they move a player or two there, adding they will need to do the same on the offensive line. “It will be our goal that we do not have to play our linemen both ways,” he said, adding he looked to fill their kicking and punting positions in preseason camp. The Ironmen have 14 returning starters returning (several two-way players) after losing six starters from last Fall’s group, Pruitt noted. Those returners are: returning All-Conference senior Kadin Beaver (QB/ LB), whom Pruitt called a “…great leader and a student of the game”; returning All-Conference senior and top returning lineman,

Mitchell Lackey (OG/DE) who, “…rarely comes off the field”; returning All-Conference senior, Jackson Owens at Slot/CB. Of him, Pruitt noted, “He has played Strong Safety on defense and makes us faster on both sides of the ball; and returning All-Conference senior Cooper Sloan, at RB/LB, whom Pruitt says is their “…top returning rusher and has worked hard to put on weight. Others include returning All-Conference junior Landon Hahn, at Slot/FS, who is a three-sport athlete and is always around the ball. He led the team in both TD catches and interceptions, said Pruitt. There are junior Chase Miller (QB/RB/LB), described by Pruitt as “…a tough physical runner who has the ability to throw the ball in tight windows; a threesport athlete as well; junior Kam Bolin (LB), one their top returning tacklers who plays great in every play; junior Jack Dellinger (OT), who Pruitt said will play on the right side and should be a dominant blocker this season. Then there is sophomore Caleb Hovis (OT/NG) who has played both ways as a ninth grader and “…gets better every day.” Other key returners are: Carter Spangler, WR/CB, senior; Cain Cash, DE, senior; Elijah Gibson, FB/OG/LB, junior; Gage Vernon, C, junior; and Shamyr Moss, NG; sophomore. Said Pruitt, “We are also looking forward to the contribution of newcomers Gavin Cease, Jack Mulvey and Tobias Miller.” His assistant coaches this season and their position they coach are: Scott Jenkins (Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers); Dell Garren (Defensive Line); Tim Moss (Offensive Line); Ben Pierce (Running Backs); Houston Gilmore (Defensive Backs, Wide Receivers); and Josh Garren (Defensive Line). Team Manager is Leroy

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After practice, members of the 2021 CHS Marching Ironmen band, posing with their instruments and flags in CHS Gym. (photo provided)

CHS’ 2021 Marching Ironmen band glad to be back after COVID year Mr. Ewing: “They have shown the staff and I so much dedication in just a short amount of time!”


Cherryville High School Music and Band teacher Mark D. Ewing,

Jr. said recently his band members and students have had some “…very strong practices in the last three weeks of working.” Said Mr. Ewing, “They have shown the staff and I

Assistant CHS Ironman O-line football coach Tim Moss gets his charges geared up to hit a few practice dummies in preparation for being ready to take on the real thing come the start of the season.

so much dedication in just a short amount of time. We were not able to have a marching band season last year due to COVID19, but I would argue that, because of the virus and not having that season to perform, there is a want, or desire, from the students to get back out there and do what it is that we all love doing. They have taken what last year gave to us and have turned it into a strength and a driving force into what I know is going to be a fun, successful and competitive season.” Regarding a 2021 roster and information on returning marchers, Ewing noted, “With not having that season last year due to the virus, we actually have two classes of students that are new to the activity (freshmen and sophomores), with even the possibility of adding a few 8th graders to the ensemble as we move into

the school year. “With that fact, we spent much of our time during summer camp working on basic marching fundamentals. Although that is the case, we were still successful in fielding our entire 'part 1’ (of 4) of this year’s production.” Mark also noted Chris Page and Quincy Goode have returned as their Color Guard and Drum line instructors respectively, and have been on our staff for two marching band seasons previously – 2018 and 2019. “We have also added Anna Waters, who is in her second year as the band director at John Chavis Middle School. She is serving in an assistant director capacity, has worked with our stationary sideline musicians (Front Ensemble) and has been a wonderful presence as far as transitioning her rising ninth and eighth graders into the marching band. All three

have been a tremendous help to our students and to myself over the last few weeks of camp and I cannot thank them enough,” he said. As far as last year went, Mr. Ewing said, “Even though we were not able to have a marching band season last year, all of our students kept moving forward with their craft and that has served as a powerful segue into our upcoming season. In a year that was so tough (2020), our goal was to keep our chins held high. “Our seniors who did not have marching band in their final year of school due to the pandemic did such a great job of being a rock for all of our younger members. Their leadership and positivity even while facing that adversity is something that we will never forget here in the CHS Marching Ironmen Band program.”

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Front row (L-R): Madison Humphries, Avery Beam, Kylie Reynolds, Abby Burleson, Kendall Chupp, Chloee Stroupe, and Lani Philbeck. Back row (L-R): Sarah Eaker, Landyn McBride, Ava Miller, Rylee-Grace Burgis, Khya Brooks, Sydney Abernathy, Anna Leigh Jones, and Payton Godfrey. (photo by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

Cheerleaders ready to get back to work cheering on Ironmen by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

Traditional Small Varsity D2 Division and the Game Day Division to defend their state titles. Said Coach Holt, “Our returners are strong and we are adding lots of new talent. It’s going to be great year! Our coaching staff is the same. This will be my 25th year coaching at CHS and I enjoy it as much today as I did in 1997. We are striving to win our 20th state title at the NCHSAA Invitational on Dec. 4, 2021. Holt noted there is another tidbit for the season as the CHS varsity cheerleaders will be collecting new socks during the month of October to donate to our local homeless community. “Socktober” collections, continued Mrs. Holt, will be conducted during their October home games at Rudisill Stadium, so bring many pairs to donate at that time!

that, “Last year our team made the best of the situation focusing on motions, tumbling, jumps. This year with restrictions lifted we will be working toward improving our stunting skills. We hope to bring home our 20th state title in December.” She continued, “We have five new team members that are, as I mentioned, all freshmen. This is the most freshmen team members we have had in years. By adding these girls and their skills, we have increased our overall tumbling difficulty abilities. This is a very strong tumbling group. With last year’s restrictions the returners, along with the freshmen, have had limited experience with elite stunts. So, we focused on the fundamentals of stunting when our practice began Aug. 2.” Holt noted also the ladies plan to compete in both the

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Cherryville High School cheerleading head coach Wendy Holt is excited about and looking forward to getting back into the swing of things for Fall 2021. Holt has a number of new faces as well as ladies who have been with her cheer squads now for a couple of years, as well as her coaches, and all, like her, are ready to get back cheering on the Ironmen! Practice began, noted Coach Holt, on Monday, Aug. 2, and have been ongoing. As for strengths and such, she said, “(Our) strengths are tumbling, and our focus will be stunting fundamentals.” Holt noted that although there is no JV squad this year, and there are no sophomores on the team, her 2021 roster includes quite a few solid returners, most notably seniors Abby Burleson, Khya Brooks, Sydney Abernathy, and Rylee-Grace Burgis; juniors: Sarah Eaker, Kylie Reynolds, Lani Philbeck, Anna Leigh Jones, Kendall Chupp, and Payton Godfrey. “Our new team’s freshmen members are Ava Miller, Avery Beam, Chloee Stroupe, Landyn McBride, and Madison Humphries,” she said. Coach Holt’s assistant coaches are Dr. Heather Porter, Tammy Wilson, and tumbling instructor Robert Webb. Coach Holt’s assessment of the 2020-2021 season is

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The 2021 CHS Lady Ironmen Varsity volleyball team with their coach, front row, L-R, are: Briley Wright, Rileigh Kiser, Taylor Digh, Skye Reed, and Addison Breese. Back row. L-R, are: Head Coach Leigh Kiser, Gracie Truesdale, Addie Eaker, Carson Reed, Terayha Bess, Katie Eaker, and Ceniyah Powell. (photos by Susan L. Powell/The Eagle/CF Media)

Lady Ironmen volleyball squads looking to a better 2021 season by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

Head Lady Ironmen volleyball coach Leigh Kiser said she is looking for 2021 to be a better year for her ladies than last year’s COVID-19-shortened season. She had good things to say and is looking for her ladies to step it up this year. “Our front line is very strong,” she said. “We return four senior hitters and a junior setter.” Those young ladies are Addie Eaker, Katie Eaker, Terayha Bess, and Skye Reed. They will receive help from All-Conference junior setter Rileigh Kiser, who had an amazing year last year, stats-wise, Kiser noted. As for what team weaknesses are being addressed, Coach Kiser said, “Our defense is a work in progress with really our young ones picking up the slack for loss from graduation and a few choosing not to return.” She continued, “How we are doing that is that we are working diligently with the younger players to strengthen their ball control to be able to handle the fast speeds at the varsity level.” Improvements that are being looked at from her standpoint is defense, which is something Coach Kiser noted they will be working on all year. “Ball control is one of the hardest aspects of the game and can never be worked on enough,” she added.

The 2021 Lady Ironmen JV volleyball team members are: Briley Wright, Sadie Boyd, Ceniyah Powell, Makayla Sigmon, Carson Reed, Addison Breese, Justis Brooks, Madelyn Jenkins, and Head Coach Leigh Kiser. In addition to the five returning starters, she said she has six freshmen currently on her 2021 roster. As for who is “new and improved”, Coach Kiser noted sophomore Taylor Digh is the most improved from last season. “She will be the new libero this season,” said Kiser, adding, “She has worked hard this summer attending workouts as well as volleyball camp.” This season will be a solo coaching year for

Kiser, she said, as she will be the only coach for the teams. Coach Kiser’s assessment of last year’s team performance in the SPC 1A is an honest one and she knows with the new line-up for 2021 it will be a tough year. Said Kiser, “I feel like last year we struggled a lot but our confidence is up this year and our goal is to have a winning record going into the new conference schedule.”

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CHS fields a small, two-person 2021 X-Country team so far Coaches are in hopes of more runners signing on as school year begins by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

A very small cross-country squad will be the backbone of the team for now, said head coach and CHS Athletic Director Scott Harrill. He has hopes of more runners signing on as the 2021 Fall X-Country season kicks in. That said, an upbeat Harrill said, “We are excited to start another season of cross-country at Cherryville High School.” One of the two runners they have so far is junior, Landrie Wofford, who is

a returning All-Conference runner for the CHS cross-country team. Said Coach Harrill, “Landrie works extremely hard and will hopefully lead the team again this year. We have a young freshman, James Bell, and he has been working hard early in the season. We really think he will be a strong runner for the Ironmen.” He continued, “That said, there are no other returning runners right now. We are looking to improve daily in our practice and our meets. We hope to see the times get better and better each race.” Coach Harrill noted that Coach Scott Heavner is coaching and he will have more to come out but it will be after school starts.

2021 CHS boys soccer: new head coach sees promise in team this year by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

New CHS Ironmen head soccer coach Michelle Cuomo said she has high hopes for the men’s soccer team this year as she has four returning starters to help her guide a fairly new and young team of footballers. She is ably assisted by veteran former Ironmen soccer player and assistant coach A.J. Hayes, and also has the help of two talented Lady Ironmen soccer players in the persons of Nancy and Yanet Guadarrama to make sure things run smoothly. at the time the Eagle’s Fall Sports Preview questionnaire went out a month or so ago, Coach Cuomo was asked how their practices and workout drills had been going, so far as any strengths and/or weaknesses she has so far noticed or seen among her players. Said Coach Cuomo, “We are about a week (at that time) into our practices, and we have many strengths that are new to this team that we are working on and getting ironed out. We have a few key players that bring speed to

our outside wings with a solid group of players that will hold our midfield together, distribute the ball up top, and create plays to attack our opponent’s goals.” Coach Cuomo continued, “Our focus over the next few weeks will be our defensive line. We have talented athletes that can fill these spots. However, inexperience to this level of play, new to the game, and younger athletes will be our main project over the weeks to come. We have a few incoming freshmen that will be great assets to our program, along with a handful of new athletes to the game that bring a threat to our opponents.” As for her 2021 rosters Cuomo noted that while not all of them have been able to come to practices due to various reasons, she said she believes she has about four returning starters. They are: Ethan Roberts, Nate Bookout, Henry Gil, and William Allen. “Last year’s team had nine seniors that were the core of the lineup. We have five incoming freshmen and two new athletes to add to this year’s roster. Our freshmen are Aiden Farmer, Javier Moran, Roy Powers, Aiden Dills, and Logan Ervin.

All-Conference CHS junior Landrie Wofford, of the CHS Lady Ironmen Cross Country team. (photo by Susan L. Powell/The Eagle/CF Media)

Landrie Wofford, seen here running in one of last season’s cross-country matches, is enthusiastic about running Cross Country and giving her best for the CHS Ironmen team. Wofford made the All-Conference team with her performance at the conference meet, and was a constant on the cross-country team, according to her coach, Scott Harrill. (Eagle file photo by Scott Harrill)







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The 2021 CHS Ironmen men’s soccer team. Their head coach is Michelle Cuomo (back row, far left). She is assisted by AJ Hayes (not present when photo made). Bottom row (L-R): Marlon Gomez, Steven Brown, William Allen, Aiden Farmer, Numarius Good, Javier Moran, and Ethan Roberts. Top row (L-R): Logan Ervin, Dalton Canup, Henry Gil, Carson Kelly, and Nate Bookout, and team’s managers Nancy Guadarrama and Yanet Guadarrama. (photo by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media) Numarius Goode played last year as well and he is back,” she noted. Talking further about her coaching staff, she noted that CHS teacher and former Ironmen soccer

player and assistant coach under former head coach Jonathan Reed, coach A.J. Hayes, will be assisting her this for year’s program. Said Coach Cuomo, “Coach Hayes brings a

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Lady Ironmen golfer Wall back to challenge the links by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

Cherryville High School senior Ja’Marra Wall is the sole Lady Ironmen golfer on Coach Matt Powers’ team for the 2021 season. This is not a problem for her though as she noted she is excited to be back and to be able to get out on the course again for CHS. “I think it’s exciting to be back and I’m looking forward to getting better at

my game,” she said at last week’s CHS Fall Sports picture day. Matt Powers, the head coach for the men’s and women’s golf teams, said last week that if anyone wants to come out to play Lady Ironmen golf to contact him at the school. Last season’s CHS combined Ironmen/Lady Ironmen golf team played a number of matches – eight – since they started on March 15, at the Cher-

ryville Golf and Country Club, their home course. While it wasn’t the season Coach Powers was hoping for, he is optimistic about this season in spite of only having one player sign up to play on the girls’ team. On May 2021 MaxPreps listing Wall was selected the Player of the Tuesday, April 27, SPC 1A Match in the golf match at Highland Tech’s home course.

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Lady Ironmen tennis team glad to be back on the courts by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

Brandon Shull, CHS Ironmen men’s and women’s head tennis coach is looking forward to his teams getting back into – no pun intended – the swing of things. To that end he said their practices have been very solid to start out this season. “The players are spending a good amount of time working on technique as well as getting feedback from more experienced players as well as myself,” he said recently. Coach Shull said, “We

have five returning starters who are back to retain that starting position. We also have three new players who are learning and working to grab a spot in the lineup. I believe the girls will lean on experienced players like Katie and Kelly Diaz, who focus on their game year-round.” In addition to himself, Coach Shull and his starters welcome back veteran assistant coach and wellknown player, Art Lewis, who Shull said “…is back helping us this season.” He continued, “He brings different techniques and a different style of tennis play to the courts. He’s been around the program

and advocating this program since 2015.” Coach Shull’s assessment of last season’s performance is that it was one “…full of challenges for a young team,” adding, “We were not able to field a full lineup for most of the season due to COVID. This year, we hope to take a step in the right direction. Our whole 1A/2A conference is possibly one of the strongest in the state, so each match will be a battle. On the 1A side, Thomas Jefferson (Gryphons) and Highland Tech (Rams) have solid teams with great coaches. So, we will have to be prepared every match.”

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