Cheers and Jeers

Nov. 10, 2013 @ 03:07 AM

Cheers ... to Dan Hegeman and others who organized the veteran's tribute in Rutherfordton this weekend.  

With that ...

Cheers ... to all vets.

Cheers ... to the 1,503 people who exercised their right to vote in the municipal election this past Tuesday. What happened to the other 10,464 eligible voters?

Jeers ... to the contractors who brought illegal drugs onto the Horsehead construction site and the thieves who stole building materials from the site. The actions of those individuals does not reflect well on the county and is contrary to our values.

Jeers … to state and federal highway authorities who have created such a tangled bureaucracy that it will take up to four years to change the designation of a two lane road in Rutherfordton. The wheels of government sure do roll ever so slowly.

Cheers ... to TD Charitable Foundation of TD Bank for donating $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity to help revitalize homes in the Hopeview Estates subdivision in Spindale. The bank's commitment to giving back to the community will help improve the lives of needy families.

Cheers … to the dedication of the Smoky Burgess statue Saturday in Forest City. It is always appropriate to honor our citizens that have performed well on various stages and this is a great example of that.

Cheers … to Isothermal Community College's Careers in Construction Day. Held Thursday, the day allows students from across the area to look at various potential careers that have become more and more necessary over the years.

Cheers … to the opening of Cohesion Phenomics in Spindale. The high-tech laboratory does genetic testing for health care providers across the area. We agree with Rutherford County Economic Development Director Matt Blackwell when he said he hopes this lab will help lure other, similar high-tech companies to the county.

Cheers … to a strong national jobs report issued Friday. There were 204,000 jobs added in October to go along with higher-than-expected jobs added in August and September. We hope this is a sign of continued positive economic growth across the country.

From readers …

Cheers … to Sheriff Chris Francis for the speedy dismissal of a Rutherford County Detention Center Officer who broke the law by bringing tobacco into the jail and providing it to an inmate.

Jeers ... to the Detention Center Officer who brought contraband into the jail.

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, Alex Moore, Tom Padgett and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark