Representatives of the Lions Club at Fall Festival
We've all seen them there at the intersection. Brooms in one hand and candy in the other. They stand out there all day, hour after hour, weaving themselves through the cars, collecting donations while handing out candy to everyone. They are the tip of the iceberg, a small representation of an enormous body of generous souls that do the same all across the planet. They are the Lions.
Men's High School hoops
R-S Central has now moved to 12-4, 2-0 and continue to show senior leadership, poise and depth in what is a very tough league in hoops play. Elijah Carson was a big factor this past week off the bench and Zyrion Wilkins continues to lead the Hilltoppers. They continue to play a little better defensively every game too. Central has a big game against East Gaston at home, Friday, the 19th.
East Rutherford (11-6, 1-2) has struggled in conference play, but have lost both league games by less than 10 points. Josh Searcy and Quay Logan have been doing their part.
The whole family comes together to make the packs. Seen here are Sharon, (left) and her daughter, Janine, next to her, along with some of Sharon and Danny's grandchildren, sewing the rice packs.
So, let's just start at the beginning. Every good story starts there, right?
East vs Central
On the boys side, R-S Central came roaring back to win 63-51 last week to snap the streak in the series. The Hilltoppers Zyrion Wilkins went off for 24 points after East had led nearly three-fourths of the game.
"In order for Rutherford County Special Olympics to get off the ground, several things need to happen." says Robin Parsons, Co-Coordinator for Rutherford County Special Olympics. "We need people who will volunteer as coaches and we need athletes."
Sorry, I hardly miss a week, but I took a couple off, but now I am back. A rivalry showdown on the basketball court and the NFL playoffs start this weekend.
Jonathon and Que\'Tonnia Surratt at the 2017 Christmas Gala
"As of today, we have served fifty-two people from Rutherford County and this includes a veteran's family. " reports Que'Tonnia Surratt, Chief Executive Officer of Empowerment Center Inc.
Colby, 7 years old, enjoys daily visits from his 3 year old sister, Cora, and aggravating his nurses.
"Thank you to our dear community, who stood behind us throughout this journey, not only once, but both times. You guys made it possible for us to stay with Colby night and day and not worry about other bearings in life. Our family is forever grateful for what each and every person has done. We are so humbled by all the kindness, and honored to call Rutherford County 'home'. Our most important concern is to keep praying for Colby and his complete healing so he can be back to 'normal'. Thank you all!" says Jessi Whiteside, mother of 7 year old cancer patient, Colby Whiteside.
Craig Owen performed
Girls basketball previews
Photographs provided by Joan King
Volunteer based, and funded through private donations and grants, CPC kicked off it's educational pet program with a visit to Cliffside Elementary School in October. "Our mission is to safeguard and promote the rescue and adoption of animals, provide education to the community about responsible pet ownership and reduce the pet overpopulation through our Spay and Neuter Program." said Lynne Faltraco, Executive Director.
Real quickly, let's take a look at the varsity men's team around in the county in among high school teams.
"I came to this PATH shelter after losing everything to a domestic violence relationship. I came scared and broken. I'm leaving with a job, car, house and a network of wonderful women I have built while here at the shelter. I'm not scared anymore and the broken pieces are slowly being put back together again.
Thank you Path."
- Recent PATH client
Thomas Jefferson had another great year on the football field, but they fell 47-20 last Friday to Cherokee (12-1) in the third round of the playoffs.
It was 21-0 to start with two early turnovers and TJCA (11-2) cut it back to 21-6, before going down 28-6 at the half.
Those present for the ceremony are (left to right): Front row: Mr. Bill Swope, Gracie Germack - Jr. High Student Council Vice President, Noah Champion - Jr. High Student Council President, and Mr. Alan Marston. Second Row: Mr. Kelly Scruggs - Jr. High Stu
In the spirit of giving, Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy Jr. High Student Council was honored to donate a $1,000.00 check to the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots Program. During the ceremony, the Marines also awarded Thomas Jefferson with the Toys for Tots 2017 Commander's Award for outstanding support of the Toys for Tots Program.
Thomas Jefferson Football (11-1) is still alive in the 1A playoffs.
The Nomi McMullens-Max Robbins connection were too much for Elkin to solve this past week in a 55-34 victory. Robbins had 244 yards receiving on 393 yards passing from McMullens. McMullens had five touchdowns throws in all with Robbins grabbing four and outrunning everyone is his path.
The Gryphons will host Elkin (6-6) in the second round of the 1A playoffs after Thomas Jefferson received a first round bye. Elkin won 50-7 last week over Hayesville.
Lezle Stein and her 'Fur Babies'
Bud Byers holding a photograph of himself and Rob O'Neill. "I was very honored to get to spend some time with Rob O'Neill, the Navy Seal that killed Osama Bin Laden."
"You know, the time is right. We've got people desecrating the American Flag, high-dollar football players refusing to stand for the National Anthem, a President that's really standing up for the country, and Veterans Day coming up...the timing couldn't be any better for something like this All of this - I've done all of this myself." says 80 year old Air Force Veteran, Bud Byers. "One day I just said, 'I'm going to do this.' I started with one flagpole with an American Flag, North Carolina State Flag, and an MIA Flag from the Vietnam War, and it just grew and grew...I sat up late at night and drew the figures and I just did it the way I planned it."
Thomas Jefferson played their worst game of the season and fell on the road this past week to Union Academy 30-24 last week. Despite a third string quarterback due to injuries, the Gryphons still had a chance, but couldn't complete the regular season undefeated.
When I think about Veterans Day, I always think about my Grandfather, or as we called him Paw-Paw. He didn't tell many stories about his time in the Navy, but I knew he was proud he served this country. After he passed, I remember looking through old pictures and being drawn to the ones of him in his Navy uniform. The classic black and white photos of an almost lost generation.
For now, two high school football teams are in good shape to make the playoffs, but only one is looking to go into the postseason undefeated.
Great nieces and nephews helping with the donation boxes. From left to right - Katelyn Pressley, Jude Street, Hope Owens, and Chloe Vinci.
"Don't forget your coat!" is a phrase many of us remember our mother shouting as we ran out the door on our way to school on chilly mornings. A nice warm coat, she believed, would shield her children from the cold much like her own warm embrace. It was their armor against the forces of nature. Most days, it was the end of a morning routine enabling her to rest easy knowing her child would be protected until they reached warm classrooms.
There is one thing the 1A Southern Piedmont Conference just figured out this past weekend on the football field, Thomas Jefferson is in the driver's seat to win the league after beating Bessemer City 26-14.
Fall into winter with live entertainment and treat yourself to a night out on the town at the Foundation Performing Arts Center.
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