Cheers and Jeers

Apr. 27, 2013 @ 04:27 AM

Cheers ... to a weekend full of great events in Rutherford County. Whether it is the Lake Lure Spring Fling Festival or the Corvettes for Vets event in Forest City, there is plenty of great things to take part in.

Cheers ... to the more than 90 youth volunteers from seven local churches who spent a full day last Saturday doing home improvement projects for needy families as part of Youth Missions Day in Rutherford County. They put their youthful energy to work doing good for their community.

Cheers ... to Zeke Stephenson, a Gardner-Webb University student, who organized the Youth Missions Day event as part of his internship with Rutherford Housing Partnership.

Cheers ... to Forest City Police Officers Shawn Keeter, Wayne Wilson and Brad Moore for being officially recognized by the Region C Criminal Justice Advisory Committee for the outstanding professionalism they displayed serving and protecting the citizens of the community while on and off duty.

Cheers ... to Rutherford County students who took part in Earth Day activities. Whether it was gardening or recycling, watching our youth take an active role in the environment is always a great thing.

Cheers ... to the group of former band students who proposed a memorial for the late D.C. Cole. Cole, who was known as “Mr. Music Man” in Rutherford County, is certainly worthy of this recognition.

Jeers ... to the two West Virginia residents arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and Xanax in Forest City this week.

With that ...

Cheers ... to the Forest City Police officers who discovered the illegal paraphernalia and made the appropriate arrest.

Cheers ... to the Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) for partnering to start a visitor’s study. The study will collect data on visitor activities and perceptions about sustainable travel. The goal is to provide TDA with usable data to better the tourism market in the county.

Cheers ... to the Gardner-Webb University baseball team for their comeback win over No. 15 South Carolina in Shelby earlier this week. It was a great game and a great night to watch college baseball.

Cheers ... to all the volunteers at SWEEP, for years of work getting Rutherford County to recycle materials that would have been sent to the landfill, thus saving the county thousands of tax dollars over the years.

With that ...

Jeers ... to people in Rutherford County still discarding their trash along roadways. We have a beautiful county and it is shameful that people continue to throw their trash along 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.