Cheers and Jeers

Jan. 05, 2013 @ 05:08 AM

Cheers ... to the towns of Rutherfordton and Spindale for developing an agreement authorizing automatic mutual aid for structure fires. Enhancing public safety through intergovernmental cooperation is commendable.

Jeers ... to anyone who stills texts and drives in 2013.

Cheers ... to students, faculty and staff returning to school this week in Rutherford County. While students may groan about their holiday break coming to an end, we look forward to a strong 2013 for Rutherford County schools.

Jeers ... to Congressmen who politicise disaster relief by attaching controversial pork barrel provisions to disaster aid bills.

Cheers ... to Rutherford County resident Kyle Shelton for his recent fifth-place performance at the International Grand World Games in mixed martial arts. We certainly wish him the best of luck as he continues his competitive career.

Cheers ... to the Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity for completing its construction projects in 2012. We are also glad to hear that one local family is nearly ready to move into one of the homes provided by the charitable organization.

Cheers ... to area prep basketball teams for their finishes in holiday tournaments. The Chase boys finished second in Cherryville, the Chase girls as well as Thomas Jefferson boys and girls also fared well in Cherryville while the East Rutherford boys competed hard in Myrtle Beach, SC. All of the teams represented the county well and we hope for continued success in 2013.

Jeers ... to the recent news that the unemployment rate for November 2012 in Rutherford County saw an uptick. We hope that the trend reverses itself as the report for December is close in coming.

Jeers ... also to recent news that the county experienced nine fatalities on roadways this year. No matter what the conditions on the road are, we hope that county drivers exercise caution and safe driving in 2013.

From a reader ...

Jeers ... to the men and boys who eat in restaurants wearing their caps...and to the wives and mothers who haven’t taught them better manners.

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