Cheer and Jeers
Cheers ... to the seven county schools that were recognized for their academic achievements pursuant to the state's ABC's accountability model. Honored were Ellenboro Elementary, Rutherford Early College High School, Chase High School, Rutherford Opportunity Center, Cliffside Elementary, East Rutherford Middle School and R-S Central High School.
Cheers ... to the Rutherford County Foundation for awarding grants totalling $47,500 to the Forest City Housing Authority, Isothermal Community College and Rutherford Housing Partnership for Housing Matters. The groups will use the grant funds to provide critical services to economically disadvantaged people in the community.
Jeers ... to the small group of legislators who are trying to block an agreement between the state and the City of Raleigh that would preserve the site of the former Dorothea Dix Hospital as a public park. It is entirely fitting and proper that the property be preserved as public open space in memory of the thousands of mentally ill patients who were hospitized at Dix over the years past.
Cheers ... to the various events taking place this weekend. Rutherford County continues to get into the holiday spirit with events like Santa Claus in downtown Rutherfordton over the next three Fridays and all of the events at Chimney Rock, including another appearance by Ol' Saint Nick.
Cheers ... to the Festival of Trees raising a record amount of money. As reported on Friday, Hospice of Rutherford County sold over 1,500 tree ornaments this year, totaling approximately $26,000. The sales started as a way for people to honor and remember loved ones during the holiday and we are certainly glad that it has been as successful this year as it has.
Cheers ... to the R-S Middle School wrestling team for completing its first undefeated regular season this year. These student-athletes have worked hard and we are very proud of them.
Cheers ... to Nancy Kubale for receiving a 2013 Regional Artists Program grant in the amount of $2,000.
Cheers ... to those businesses that are also getting into the holiday spirit by offering deals in efforts to raise money for charity.
From a reader:
Cheers ... to all the volunteers that help for the Ellenboro parade, Forest City Police Dept., the Sheriff's Dept. and the N.C. Crime Control and all others.
Jeers ... to Rutherford Sheriff Traffic Control Unit for not helping after the parade with all the traffic.
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