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March 30, 2023

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YOUR POSITIVE MEDIA SOURCE! YOUR POSITIVE MEDIA SOURCE! ISSUE NO. 13 • March 30, 2023 ISSUE NO. 13 • March 30, 2023 • • • 828-248-1408 • 828-248-1408 N.C. TRACTOR & FARM SUPPLY 299 Railroad Ave., Rutherfordton • 828-288-0395 Mobile: 828-429-5008 • SALES SERVICE PARTS PROUDLY SERVING RUTHERFORD, CLEVELAND, GASTON, LINCOLN, POLK COUNTIES AS THE AREAS HOMETOWN MASSEY FERGUSON DEALER. IF YOU BUY ANYWHERE ELSE IF YOU BUY ANYWHERE ELSE YOU WILL PAY TOO MUCH! YOU WILL PAY TOO MUCH! ©Community First Media Community First Media $$$ CASH ON THE SPOT BUYING & SELLING ANYTHING OF VALUE 828-289-6699 131 W Main St., Spindale Beside Barley's Over 34 years of service! Our 31 st Year • Over 25,000 Weekly Readers Tears running down her cheeks, Ms. Jane said the crying was for "greatness that I can have a roof that doesn't leak." The arrival of a team of students from North Carolina State University (NCSU) during spring break was nothing short of a miracle for the homeowner. The seven member team was joined by the Women Roofers and Bossman Billy Honeycutt to roof Ms. Jane's home in Forest City recently. "My whole world has changed, that's what I told the people at work...This has warmed my heart." Ms. Jane had experienced a badly leaking roof for months and couldn't do anything about the rain coming through her ceilings. "Winter came and I couldn't afford to get it fi xed and it just kept getting worse and worse," she said. During the past few years, NCSU students have spent spring breaks enrolled in the Alternative Service Break (ASB) program as a learning experience as the students engaged in direct service to a community. Rutherford Housing Partnership (RHP) has been the recipient of a NCSU team for the past few years. The team was housed again this year at First Baptist Church in Rutherfordton. Among the newest member of the NCSU team was Grace McCoy, 19, of Raleigh and a freshman. "This is the fi rst time I've done this and I decided last semester I wanted to get out of Raleigh so I applied to ASB," Grace said. Although a genuine fear of heights, Grace made her way up and down the ladder at Ms. Jane's house each day. On the last day of the work week Grace was spotted on the roof with a leaf blower walking back and forth all over the roof cleaning any remaining debris left from the project. She had conquered her fears. "It is defi nitely a lot of work," she said. "I'll do this again," she said on the job site. She's already thinking about applying as a team leader for next spring's ASB. All of the team members weren't acquainted with each other until the roofi ng project so new friendships were formed between the team. Jordan Parillo was also a fi rst time ASB student. "It's been great. I didn't know exactly what to expect and this is completely out of my comfort zone for sure," Jordan said. Like Grace she had never helped roof a house. Zack Reynolds said he especially enjoyed the project because he learned a new trade and worked with his hands. The week the students were in Rutherford County — March 13-17 — temperatures dipped to freezing or below on some mornings when the work was initially scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. But given the breezy conditions and cold temperatures, the group arrived at 10:30 a.m. and stayed until about 5 p.m. each day. "I actually like the cold better because up on the roof we were not super hot," Jordan said one afternoon. Students and the Women Roofers arrived to work each morning in double layers with toboggans or hats but before the day was over the outer coats were shed and laid in piles on the roof until it was time to go home. Ms. Jane joined the workers each morning and afternoon unless she was at her part-time job at Ingles Market. Even on the days she had to be at work by 1 p.m., she bundled up for the morning work. Continued on page 3. Article by Jean Gordon. Jean Gordon photos and contributed photos. NCSU students trade NCSU students trade spring break to roof a house spring break to roof a house Joined by Women Roofers, it was life changing Tim Bovender and Billy Honeycutt in a discussion on top of the roof Saturday afternoon as the job came to a close. The NCSU team departed early Saturday morning and the Women Roofers completed roofi ng the carport area. Safi na Luu sends greetings from the roof. mester I leigh B," k he formed b J a fi r " k sa enj

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