Cheers and Jeers

May. 18, 2013 @ 05:52 AM

Cheers ... to U.S. Army Spec. Kristen Paganetti for her service in the military while, at the same time, finishing college. Her service in the 505th Engineer Battalion along with her educational endeavors are to be commended.

Cheers ... to fourth-grade teacher Anita Patterson for winning the Tanner Award.

With that ...

Cheers ... to Melissa Johnson for earning the 2013 Robert Wendell Eaves Distinguished Teaching Award at Isothermal Community College. Johnson has taught at ICC for the last 13 years and she should be congratulated for her achievement.

Cheers ... to Pam Stone for her Friday night comedy show at Legal Grounds in Rutherfordton to benefit the Rutherford County Humane Society. If you missed the show, you can still contribute to the Humane Society at P.O. Box 998, Rutherfordton, 28139.

Cheers ... to this week’s graduates from Rutherford Early College High School, Isothermal Community College, the ICC nursing program and Gardner-Webb University. These scholars have passed an important milestone in their lives and we wish them success in their future endeavors.

Cheers ... to state and local law enforcement officers for conducting the “Thunder in the Gorge” DWI campaign in the Lake Lure area.

With that ...

Jeers ... to the motorists who collectively received 96 citations at the three “Thunder in the Gorge” checkpoints.

Cheers ... to Kaitlyn Champion, a fifth grader at Ellenboro Elementary School, for being the top Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser for six years. This year Kaitlyn raised $179.85 for the American Heart Association.

Cheers ... also to the entire student body at Ellenboro Elementary School for raising $3,006.42 to donate to the American Heart Association to combat cardiovascular disease and stoke.

Jeers ... to the Republican controlled state House and Senate for their tax reform proposals that benefit the rich at the expense of the poor. These Robin Hoods in reverse show little sensitivity or respect for the thousands of families and seniors that are struggling to afford the basic necessities of life.

Jeers ... to the NC Senate for passing bills that repeal state environmental protections for Jordan Lake and other areas of the state. Maybe their aim is to encourage the bottled water industry?

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