Cheers and Jeers

Aug. 10, 2013 @ 03:02 AM

Cheers ... to Rutherford County Manager Carl Classen for compiling a comprehensive report on the Rutherford County Airport and the Airport Authority. This was a difficult task undertaken with the utmost professionalism and integrity.

Jeers … to those on the planning board and others who advocated for a nine-month moratorium on solar energy farms, which would have unnecessarily jeopardized projects that can bring needed jobs and income to the county.

Cheers … to the youth group from the Community Baptist Church based in Palmyra, Pa. for their efforts in assisting the Rutherford Housing Partnership in working on five housing projects over the summer. Their work is a testament to youth spending their summer break helping others.

Cheers … to the removal of a contentious tree near Marchman Field. We hope the three decade saga surrounding the tree has finally come to an end.

Cheers … to Rutherford County School Superintendent and her staff for making the best of a bad situation in regard to decreased funding from the state for teaching assistants.

Cheers … to the NC Department of Transportation crews and Devere Construction for moving the U.S. 221 widening project forward toward completion ahead of schedule. This is particularly impressive considering the record number of rainy days we have had this year.

Cheers … to the news of capital expenses moving forward in Forest City. The state’s budget has no adverse impact on the Town’s revenues from utility franchise taxes, allowing them to proceed with capital improvement projects for the next fiscal year.

Cheers … to the Partnership for Children of the Foothills for developing and approving a five-year strategic plan. Organizations that invest the time and effort to plan where they want to go have the best chance of actually getting there.

Cheers … to Sunrise USA for choosing to relocate their operations to Rutherford County. For every new job created there is one less person on the county’s unemployment rolls and one more family with a steady income.

Jeers … to those responsible for the increase in the number of vehicle crashes in the county last year. Drivers, it’s time to stop jabbering on cell phones and start watching the road.

To offer your own cheer or jeer for consideration, email Editor Matthew Clark at Please put “Cheers and Jeers” in the subject line.

By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board.


The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett, Dr. Shermaine Surratt and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark.