Rutherford Housing Partnership is hosting its 10th annual Gears & Gables cycling ride May 5 in conjunction with downtown Rutherfordton's MayFest celebration. The nonprofit organization provides urgent home repairs for families in need. RHP provides materials; volunteers provide labor.
High School Heroes is a program dedicated to expanding the college-going culture by providing college awareness activities in elementary school classrooms. Heroes talk to the students about college and careers and work with the students on classroom projects. High School Heroes are students from the Building Leaders high school program.
The Rutherford Weekly recently approached Smith's Drug Store with the intention of producing an article about the long life of The Fountain and it's 'secret for success' all these years. Mr. John Higgins, owner and pharmacist, referred us to Mrs. Susan Stewart who is the current manager of The Fountain. We presented Mrs. Stewart with a list of questions and her response was so thorough and compelling that we are publishing it verbatim. Her description of The Fountain and it's history illustrates the culture that, one would conclude, answers any questions about it's longevity.
As for this past week in High School Sports, R-S Central baseball won three games out of four and East Rutherford won all four games it played in Spring Break Tournaments each entered.
Surrounded by friends and family, Mrs. Gladys Sams celebrated her 105th birthday at her home on Sunday, March 11. Born in Dewey Rose, Georgia on March 13, 1913, this centenarian stills lives on her own and devotes all of her time to sewing and making necklaces. "I have to stay busy and this gives me something to do." said Mrs. Sams.
Well, it's Spring Break, here is an update on the local sports scene with some basketball and racing as well.
High School Baseball
The Rutherfordton Garden Club created a variety of themed tablescapes using flowers and other plants at the Rutherfordton Clubhouse on Monday, March 12.
Ellenboro Fire Dept.
175 Depot Street
Food Lion, Rutherfordton
169 Railroad Avenue
Ingles, Forest City
756 South Church Street
High School Baseball update
High School Softball Update
A drive through the county reveals an up-tick in the presence of Barn Quilts. Barn Quilts are a single painted square of unique geometric quilt designs, usually mounted on the side of a barn.
High School baseball update
High School Softball update
High School Girls Soccer
Brandon Gosey, member of the Rutherford County Board of Education, has organized a community wide forum called, "Keeping Schools Safe." Designed to give the community an opportunity to have their voices heard on this serious topic, Gosey tells us, "I am excited about organizing this much needed discussion between our community, our members, elected officials and services providers."
Since it's early March, spring sports have arrived. Now that basketball is over, it's now onto High School baseball. Don't get me wrong, I am looking forward to college basketball's March Madness and we can talk about that next week.
"Rev. Lynda Ferguson was the pastor of Salem United Methodist Church in 2009 when this project was born. Lynda wanted to create a place where Jesus' picture of the kingdom of God, as described in Matthew 25, could come to life. She rallied the support of the community and congregation in this endeavor, and created a space that would provide food and clothing to those in the eastern part of Rutherford County." says current pastor, Reverend Sam Burleson.
It took just one week of postseason for High School basketball to end in Rutherford County.
Photograph provided by: Lt. Leon Godlock
According to the US Census Bureau, over 15% of the nation's total population exceeds 65 years of age. Here in Rutherford County, that number is closer to 21%. In a report USCB published in 2012, it was determined that over 35% of individuals that live alone in the US were 65 and older. That number is expected to increase significantly until 2030 with the 'baby boomers' generation. Health issues like Alzheimer's, Dementia, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Cancer are commonly associated with aging and will be putting our seniors at higher risk, making those living alone more and more vulnerable as the years go by.
High School Basketball
It had been 17 years since R-S Central won a conference hoops tournament, but last Friday they took home the Men's crown in the 2018 Southwestern 2A Conference with a 73-59 victory over East Rutherford.
"It's been a lot of hard work by a group of volunteers to make this happen and to get an 18 game schedule in our first year, as well as getting into a state association, has been challenging, yet rewarding." said Ryan Elkins, volunteer coach, on the inaugural basketball season. "These aren't top notch basketball players or athletes but they are great kids learning to play the game of basketball while also learning life lessons like teamwork, focus, dedication and perseverance. We are planning on having a girl's softball team this year and next year we plan to add girl's volleyball, boy's soccer, cross country and golf. It's an exciting time at TMA!"
High School Hoops
After falling to East Gaston for the second time this season, R-S Central Men found themselves as the co-champs of the Southwestern 2A Conference with South Point. It's the first league title in 17 years when they shared it with East Rutherford in 2001. No question, it's the best Central team since that 2001 season.
Bill and Nancy Hartley
"During our many years together we have said countless goodbyes to one another. Every working day we would wish each other a good day, followed with a kiss, before we each went our separate way. Over time, you had many business trips, some were overnight and others as long as two weeks in length, but, as we said goodbye, we knew we parted in love, secure in the knowledge that we would always be reunited after a short time apart. Our love for one another sustained us and we knew those goodbyes were temporary. We would see one another again and be one in mind and heart.
Now, however, you are taking a very long journey, one where I cannot accompany you. You are taking a trip accompanied by the disease of Alzheimer's. Neither of us know how long this trip will last or the exact time frame we are working within."
Men's High School Basketball
R-S Central (16-6, 6-2) has two games left in the regular season as they play East Gaston and Chase. Should Central win twice, they are the Southwestern 2A Conference Champs and make the playoffs as they likely 1 seed in conference. They own the tiebreaker over Shelby as they have beat the Golden Lions twice this season.
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