Cherryville Eagle 11-4-20

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Volume 114 • Issue 45

Wednesday, November 4, 2020


Fast-moving remnants of Hurricane Zeta move through the Cherryville area Power knocked out from roughly 8:15 a.m., until 1:30 p.m., for some; after 8 p.m. for others by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

The City of Cherryville had its power knocked out all over town on Thursday, Oct. 29, for as long, in some instances, as almost 12 hours, as the remnants of the fast moving Hurricane Zeta rolled into western North Carolina. City Manager and Fire Chief Jeff Cash noted that at “…approximately 8:15 a.m.,” the City’s power went out. He said City power crews got right on it getting it back on for “the majority of the City” at roughly 1:30 p.m. The power outage problem, he added, was at the Duke Power substation, and once

Duke got their substation back up and running, Chief Cash said, “Then we began working on our issues. At that point, we had about 700 customers off. The big problem for these customers was major damage on Old Post (Road) and South Elm (Street) and the majority of those customers’ power was restored at approximately 6:30 p.m. “From there our crews travelled to Vista Dr., where we had multiple outages and it was restored at approximately 8 p.m.” Mr. Cash noted that as of his interview (8:21 p.m.), the City still had approximately 25 customers out in the Kenwood subdivision area. “Our crews started on that area at 8:15 p.m.,” he said. As for what caused the outage and where it was. Chief Cash noted the problem was with the Duke Power substation that feeds

our substation. “It was a Duke Power issue,” he said. City Public works Director Brandon Abernathy said, “It was their (Duke’s) line on First Street, where the pole is broken. It tripped their station, which cut us off. “(As of Saturday, Oct. 31) they still haven’t fixed the pole,” which is in front of the Skate Park. Brandon continued, “They were able to isolate their lines so we could get back online.” As for Cherryville getting any outside help, Cash said no outside assistance has been utilized, however, he added the City of Lincolnton sent a crew of two to help with the Kenwood subdivision. Chief Cash said, “From the initial outage, all the city was out until approximately 1:30, until 2 p.m.”, and that, to his knowledge See ZETA, Page 9

2020 “Toys for Tots” campaign will look a little different due to COVID-19 by MICHAEL E. POWELL

A Cherryville Police vehicle sits on First Street on Thursday, Oct. 29, in order to make sure no one comes down the road and risks getting entangled in the downed wires from a broken pole. (photo by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

An example of some of the downed wires (these on Lincolnton Hwy.) in and around the City of Cherryville after fast-moving remnants of Hurricane Zeta rolled over town in the early morning hours of Thursday, Oct. 29. (photo by Susan L. Powell)


Cherryville Assistant Fire Chief Jason Wofford said this year’s “Toys for Tots” campaign will look a little different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “That’s true,” said AFC Wofford, stressing that their department is handling the ‘Toys for Tots’ Christmas toy drive a little different this year than in the past. AFC Wofford said their department received an email from Chaplain Brad Hall, of the Gaston County Firefighters Association, which read (in part) as follows: “Last year we were able to help collect around 9,000 toys for 3,816 Gaston County children. This year the need is going to be even higher and due to the COVID pandemic, the 2020 Toys for Tots drive will be a little different. “To keep our responders safe, the Gaston County Firefighters Association is not going to publicize any collections by our affiliated members or distribute boxes

Hocus Pocus Parade ends through Cherryville last Friday Disney-style event took place of Little Spooks Parade and the town’s Scary-Ville festivities by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

Last year the Toys for Tots items collected by the Cherryville Fire Department were picked up by their fellow firefighters from Gastonia. Cherryville Fire Department personnel, (retired) Capt. Wendell Poole (left) and Assistant Chief Jason Wofford (right) happily announced the three collection boxes were picked up Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. (file photo by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media) & yard signs. “We do realize that citizens may drop off donations this year out of habit from years past. The decision of how to respond to this will be up to each department or agency.” Chaplain Hall then noted two options for the departments regarding taking any toys: directing the givers to the website or any local donation boxes

in the area; or receiving the donation at their respective stations and calling him, whereupon Chaplain Hall said he would get the donated toys and gifts picked up. Chaplain Hall said in his email he has spoken to the local “Toys for Tots” director, who he said thanked the firefighters for their past participation and who fully understands that there is a See TOYS, Page 9

Trying to fill the shoes or take the place of someone or something else is no easy matter, but if you can do it, and do it well, then its magic! Such was the case with Cherryville’s first Hocus Pocus Parade, held last Friday, Oct. 23, and which essentially took the place of the Little Spooks Parade and the town’s well-loved and well-known (by now) ScaryVille fall events. Cherryville Chamber President and Events coordinator Mary Beth Tackett said, “This (Hocus Pocus Parade) was (done) in place of Little Spooks Parade and Scary-Ville. It was the first City-wide for the community.”

Characters from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” ride their float down Main Street at last Friday’s Hocus Pocus Parade. (photo by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media) Mrs. Tackett said they had 10 floats/vehicles in the parade, adding, “This event was not open for the public to join in on.” She continued, “All the floats were built by the Events Team, Modern Security, and Mr. Tom Moss. We also had two vehicles done by Kyle Carpenter and Lane Hunsucker for Transformers and Jurassic Park, but I reached out to them privately. “We wanted to ensure that this parade was high quality and full of everyone’s favorite characters. If we would have opened it

up to the public there would have been no way to be sure there was only one of each character, and such if we opened it up to join in. “We modeled it after the Disney Celebration Parades so it was full of music, lights and fun.” Additionally, Tackett and some of the Chamber members got in on the fun too as they dressed up as characters from some of the beloved Disney and Marvel and DC comic book superhero movies. She herself was one of the notorious “Sanderson See PARADE, Page 6

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