For many years, Forest City was known as Little Detroit. We had a car lot on every corner, but the car business is still a bedrock of the local economy and although the virus crisis has slowed business, dealers are still dealing and cars are still rolling off lots.
While the COVID-19 virus seeks to separate and isolate, Rutherford County native Carlos Watkins of the NFL's Houston Texans is staying connected by taking Small Town friendly values like giving to others deep in the heart of Texas. On Thursday April 16, Watkins bought breakfast for essential workers at the Houston-based Jetco Trucking Company before they left to deliver essential items to grocery stores and other facilities.
At Oh Suzannah in Spindale a handful of seamstresses are making between 1,000 to 1,500 face masks per day in these times of COVID-19 when wearing a mask is required in many areas to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Volunteers, many wearing gloves and face masks, unloaded a tractor-trailer of surplus food for disadvantaged folks recently at South Mountain Christian Camp. The effort is part of Washburn Community Outreach. The food is provided by Second Harvest Metro
The Rev. Sam Burleson evoked the Holy Spirit and prayed over all the chaos and fear of the coronavirus outbreak thanking God for the more than 40 volunteers who showed up to distribute food, but Anita Behrns may have gotten off the best prayer when she said in gratitude, "Today more than ever."
Behrns and her husband Richard are among the head knockers at the Washburn Community Outreach which has recently fed thousands through its food bank.
As a 19-year-old Appalachian State University student Jay Jackson decided he wanted to be in law enforcement. Studying Criminal Justice, Jackson was offered an internship with the Catawba County Sheriff's Department and that affirmed his desires thus his career path was set for the next 30 years.
The iconic sports writer, publisher, risk taker, friend of the underdog, teacher, counselor, and hilarious jokester passed September 26, 2017 but the impact of his life rolls on, including into the paper you are reading.
by Rev. Dr. Garin Hill Minister, First Baptist Church, Forest City
Tuesday, December 3rd was a very special evening at First Baptist Church in Forest City, as our congregation had the opportunity to host a wonderful Christmas concert by the Rutherford Community Chorus (RCC).