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4/18/2020 9:27:00 AM
Stanley Officials Weigh In On Virus Restrictions
Situation improving; reopening of everything around the corner
(L-R) Stanley Mayor Steven Denton and Town Manager Heath Jenkins
(L-R) Stanley Mayor Steven Denton and
Town Manager Heath Jenkins

Thomas Lark
Staff Writer

STANLEY––There appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel.

All around the world, from Switzerland to Florida, virus-related restrictions are finally letting up. Beaches are reopening in Jacksonville, Fla., according to Mayor Leonard Curry, speaking Friday afternoon. The stock market is up and rallying––always a good bellwether. And as most serious observers knew it would be, said virus has turned out to be nowhere near as bad as original projections, wildly off the mark, indicated, and things are now demonstrably and dramatically improving, as Laura Ingraham noted on her eponymous Fox News show, Thursday evening.

In Nebraska, the Dakotas, Arkansas and Iowa, a more common-sense approach was taken by governors, and it has been business as usual, with no lockdowns in place. Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming opted for only partial shutdowns, according to The Business Insider. Alas, the Carolinas and the remainder of the states have not been so lucky.

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Across America, folks are chomping at the bit to have their freedom restored and to go back to work. And here, closer to home, the people of Stanley are no different.

On Thursday, Stanley Town Manager Heath Jenkins told The Herald more about this and how things are popping in northeastern Gaston County, despite crippling statewide restrictions.

“In spite of the many small businesses in our area being affected, we continue to stay busy with zoning permits for builders and developers,” said Jenkins. “We also had a new business open downtown, Stanley Hardware and Feed.

“Yes,” he added, “I am glad to see a plan to reopen our businesses. I spoke with a Gaston County leader just yesterday to discuss this issue, and we will follow their lead and recommendations on how best to proceed in Gaston County.”

He also cited a letter he sent to local businesses Wednesday. Jenkins’s letter reads in part:

“We don’t know how long this situation will last or what the impact will be on our community in the future. We want you to know that the Town of Stanley and its staff members are here for you. If we don’t have the answer to your question or problem, we will do everything we can to point you in the right direction. Please don’t hesitate to contact us. I have provided the e-mail address for the town hall staff members and our department heads. We continue to stay in touch with Gaston County, the State of North Carolina and the federal government about the state of emergency and when we will begin to reopen for businesses.

“This, too, shall soon pass, and we will return to some sense of normalcy in our community. Until then, please know we are here to help in any way we can.”

Mayor Steven Denton shared that assessment.

“I echo Manager Jenkins’s comments,” said Denton. “The COVID-19 virus has been an extreme challenge for many business-owners in Stanley. But hopefully, the worst is behind us. We are anxious about a reopening plan in the near future. As Manager Jenkins stated, we will follow the County’s lead.”

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