Cheers and Jeers
Cheers ... to, well ourselves, for improving the health status of our community. That said, there remains much work to do to further improve our community health status as the county is still ranked among the bottom 50 counties in the state.
Cheers ... to George Alexander Hamilton and Greg Lovelace for successfully returning a scrapbook to Chase High School graduate Pammie Owens Martin. Hamilton found the scrapbook and notified Lovelace who, in turn, contacted Martin. The scrapbook had been lost for 13 years until last week.
Jeers ... to Governor McCrory for proposing that the funding formula for state universities and community colleges be changed from a per student basis to a per graduate with a job basis. The responsibility for job creation rests with elected officials not educators.
Cheers ... to the Chase High School softball team for winning the Grand Strand Classic Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C. this week. The Trojans have won seven straight games since losing their first two and three of those wins came in South Carolina.
Cheers ... to the Town of Bostic for placing a permanent outdoor stage in town as it prepares for the Bostic Lincoln Spring Festival coming up on April 20. The new stage will be used for free entertainment during the event.
Cheers ... to the East Rutherford junior varsity baseball team for their performance at the 2013 East Rutherford Easter Tournament. The JV Cavs won their first-round game and gave the Cavalier varsity squad a run for their money in the second round.
Cheers ... to the Cliffside Historical Society (CHS) and their desire to continue maintenance on the Haynes Memorial Clock Towner. The Rutherford County Commission is preparing an exclusive lease agreement with CHS that allows the society to maintain landscaping at the tower and lets CHS host fundraising events for it.
Cheers ... to the McNair Foundation for their recent completion of interviews of county eighth-grade students. The interviews were a way for mentors to talk to students about various high school issues. Things such as clubs, sports and other extracurricular activities available are explained to the future high school students.
Cheers ... to Operation Medicine Drop. The event broke statewide records for the amount of unused or outdated medication collected. According to reports, more than 12 million doses of medication were safely collected and destroyed, keeping those doses out of harms way.
Cheers ... to the opening of the Farmers Market of Rutherford County. The market, which opened on Tuesday, will hold hours every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Cheers ... to Isothermal Community College and their appearance on UNC-TV as part of a look at community colleges in North Carolina.
To offer your own cheer or jeer for consideration, email Editor Matthew Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.