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Time Line History of Mayor Jack D. Davis


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Jack Davis, Mayor
Gert Fisher, Mayor Pro Term
Nell Parker, Councilmember
CV Thornburg, Jr., Councilmember
Larry McGinnis, Councilmember
Janice Hovis, City Manager
Teresa Randall, City Clerk
Jack Davis, Mayor
Larry McGinnis, Mayor Pro Term
Gert Fisher, Councilmember
CV Thornburg, Councilmember
Norris Hoyle, Councilmember
Janice Hovis, City Manager
Teresa Randall, City Clerk


9-95 Little League Baseball Boys ages 11-12 won the District  Championship. (Parks & Rec. Dept. - Lance Hudson, Director)

Dixie Youth Belle (Girls Softball ages 13-15) District and State Champions under Parks & Rec. Dept., Lance Hudson,

Dixie Youth Ponytails (Girls Softball ages 11-12) World Champions under Parks & Rec. Dept., Director Lance Hudson.

10-95 Carolina Freight closes. Over 1800 jobs lost in Cherryville operation, 2400 nationwide.

Bike Athletic (Sports clothing) closes on Tot Dellinger Rd. Loss of 160 jobs.

11-95 Jack Davis elected Mayor, Gert Fisher and Larry McGinnis elected to City Council, to serve with present Councilmembers Nell Parker and CV Thornburg, Jr.

Doran Textiles closes Dora #2 plant on Academy and Styers Street. Approximately 145 people lost their jobs.

12-95 Cherryville's Economic Development Commission, Mayor, Council, and City Manager travel to the NC Commerce Dept. in Raleigh, NC, for a presentation to solicit assistance in economic development.
1-96 Beautification Committee appointed for Main Street/other beautification; Nell Parker, Council Liaison.

Carlton Yarn Mill (SCT Yarns, Inc. of Chattanooga) announces its closing in February 1996.

NC Department of Commerce visits Cherryville. Economic Development Chairman Robert (Bob) Austell hosts event.

First Responder Program started with the Cherryville Fire Department. On medical emergencies, the trained EMTs of the Fire Dept. usually reach the scene first. Chief Jeff Cash leads Fire Department.

2-96 Tri-Dim Filter Corporation signs lease on Bike Athletic building on Tot Dellinger Road. 50 jobs will be created for Cherryville.

The Great Ice Storm of 1996 hits Cherryville and surrounding areas. Power out for approximately three days. Charlotte has power outages for up to three or four weeks. Ted Mace, Public Works Director, David Blackburn, Public Works Supervisor, and Ike Williams, Electric Supervisor, direct repairs to restore power - commendable work.

3-96 PhaSep Corporation breaks ground for a 34,000 square foot facility in Sunbeam Industrial Park. PhaSep manufactures filters which separate oil and water. Company will employ 35 to 75 people.
4-96 Special Olympics Games in Cherryville, Rudisill Park, Earl Hallman, Chairman.
5-96 Work begins on Heritage Park renovations. (Completed 9/97) Main Street attraction.

Highway 150 from Cherryville to Crouse four-laned construction started.

6/96 Throughout 1996 and 1997, the following committees were appointed f or Cherryville: History Committee; Beautification Committee; Heritage Park Committee; Water & Sewer Study Committee; Mayor's Minority Affairs Committee; Water & Sewer Policy Study; and in 1998, an Arts Committee. A Tourism Committee and a New Years Shooter Statue Committee was proposed by the Mayor to be appointed in 1998.
7/96 Mayor's Minority Affairs Committee appointed with 22 members, more to be added.
8-96 CW Smith, Investor of Gastonia, NC, purchases Carolina Freight Carriers property.

Over $50, 000 was pledged and given by Cherryville businesses, merchants, and citizens for economic development of Cherryville.

9-96 Dixie Youth Ponytails (Girls Softball ages 11-12) won World Championship under Parks & Recreation Dept., Lance Hudson, Director.

Dixie Youth Belles (Girls Softball ages 13-15) won District and State Championship under Parks & Recreation Dept., Lance Hudson, Director.

Little League Baseball (ages 9-10 team, ages 11-12 team) won the District Championship, under Parks & Recreation Dept., Lance Hudson, Director

Artee Industries (Textile Plant of Shelby, NC) purchases Dora Mill #2 and will employ approximately 125 people.

Economic Development Commission, Robert Austell, Chairman,

City Council, Mayor Davis, and City Manager Hovis very active in plans and promotions for recruitment of industry.

R-Anell/Gold Medal Homes breaks ground for a 250,000 square foot manufactured homes plant in the Sunbeam, Industrial Park.Plans to employ 500 when plant is 100% efficient. Plans future additional plants on same 120 acre tract. The tract purchased was part of the C. Grier Beam and Lena Sue Beam farm. A tract had been sold to Bennett Allen. Both Lena Sue Beam and Bennett Allen consented to sell their property. Mrs. Lena Sue Beam also agreed to a road right-of-way which
was necessary for Gold Medal to locate. 10/96 Mayor Davis receives 1996 American Hometown Leadership Award sponsored by National Association of Towns and Townships and supported by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Wal-Mart sends a $5000 check for economic/community development grant. Mayor Pro-Tem Gert Fisher instrumental in write-up application.

10-96 Pretty Paper Company closes, a paper and gift wrapping/ novelty company. Approximately 90 people lost their jobs.
1-97 Throughout 1996 and 1997, the following grants were received from the State, Gaston County, Merchants and Citizens for Economic Development. Over $400,000 in cash and $350,000 in road improvements. State of North Carolina to Industry $40,000 Farmers Home Admin. (Rural Dev.) 50,000 Gifts by Individuals & Business 53,000 Economic Development from Gaston County 195,000 City of Cherryville for Economic Dev. 80,000
2-97 CIT (Carolina International Textile) announces its intentions to close. Approximately 85 jobs lost.

Trees removed from Main street to make way for beautification project.

Highland Mills Inc. of Charlotte, a women's hosiery plant, opens a branch at the former Hewlett building on West Academy Street. Building owned by Michael and Linda Beam who assisted in bringing the business to Cherryville. Employed about 20 people at start-up. Councilmember CV Thornburg received lead and contact.

4-97 Mayor's Minority Committee Introduces "Jobs First", a program to put high school students and college students to work during summer break. Arthur Young co-chairs Minority Committee.

Special Olympics Games in Cherryville at Rudisill Park. Chairman Earl Hallman coordinated.

6-97 City Council adopts Economic Incentives for Industry. Members - Jack Davis, Mayor; Councilmembers - Gert Fisher (Mayor Pro- Tem), Larry McGinnis, Nell Parker, and CV Thornburg, Jr.
7-97 New road in Sunbeam Industrial Park completed by NC Dept. of Highways.

Cherryville Fire Department started automatic external defibrillation program with 10 employees certified on use. Also added subcontanious epinephrine capability for anaphylaxis and blind insertion airway device. Grants received from COG and Prudential Helping Hearts $5,000.

8-97 American Legion Post 100 Baseball Team wins State Championship; Coach Bobby Dale Reynolds.

Work begins on Main Street Beautification.

U.S. Leisure (Sun Terrace Outdoor Furniture) leases space at Carolina Freight property; 45 employees.

Janice Hovis, City Manager, attains record 16 years as City Manager, and 29 years with the City.

9-97 Dixie Youth Ponytails (Girls Softball ages 11-12) won the World Championship, Parks and Recreation Dept., Director Lance Hudson. Cherryville, the first City to win the World Championship in consecutive years; also first city to win the World and Sportsmanship Trophy in the same year.

Girls Dixie Youth Belle (Softball ages 13-15) both District and State Championships. Parks & Recreation Dept.

Little League Baseball (Boys team 9 to 11, & team 11-12) both won the District Championship. Parks & Rec. Dept.

10-97 Water and Sewer Study Committee appointed. City Manager Janice Hovis chaired.

Teresa Randall, City Clerk, attains Certifications as a Municipal Clerk.

11-97 CV Thornburg, Jr. wins election and will serve for 20 years at end of term. Norris Hoyle wins Ward 3 seat, lst term. Larry McGinnis, Mayor Pro-Tem, Gert Fisher, Councilmember.
12-97 Component Rebuilders moves to Cherryville, a business which rebuilds diesel engines and hydraulic cylinders and machinery.

Grant applied for to construct a New Year Shooter Statue from State of North Carolina.

During 1997, C. Grier Beam Truck Museum placed on National Registry.

2-98 Chief Cash and City Fire Dept. commended for both fire and first responder excellence. Cherryville's Fire Department's program being utilized by other municipalities.
3-98 City Hall renovations completed.

Grants received from State of North Carolina for New Year Shooters Statue - $40,000. For Heritage Park - $10,000.

Special Olympics Games in April 98 planned for Cherryville. Chairman, Earl Hallman.

Fire Department renovated to include the entire 2nd floor of City Hall and an enlarged bay area.

Mayor, City Manager, and EDC Chairman meet with Bypass Committee (Bypass from Charlotte's 485 south to 185, crossing 185 and travelling west to Highway 279, crossing 279 and travelling north to Highway 321. Committee votes 17 to 3 to cross Highway 279 near Puett's Chapel Church Road.