• 68°

Cheerwine part of made-in-America event at White House today

Cheerwine was born in the South, raised in a glass — and today is an invited guest at the White House.

Top Cheerwine officials are in the nation’s capital to participate in a made-in-America showcase put together by the Trump administration.

Cliff Ritchie, president of the company, and Joy Ritchie Harper, marketing director, flew to Washington to be part of the 3 p.m. event.

A press release from the White House said President Donald Trump is hosting the event in continuation of his effort to put America first. The event is designed to highlight and celebrate American-made products and encourage other companies to manufacture their products in the United States.

Cheerwine will be representing North Carolina.

By offering each state the opportunity to showcase a product made the state, the press release says, Trump is reaffirming his administration’s commitment to encourage manufacturing that will further stimulate the economy and create jobs in the country.

Accompanying Trump at the event will be the vice president, cabinet secretaries, members of Congress, and members of the president’s senior staff.

Today’s event is part of a weeklong focus by the White House on U.S. manufacturing.

White House director of media affairs Helen Aguirre Ferre said Sunday that the president also is expected to issue a proclamation Wednesday on the importance of making goods in America.

“For too long our government has forgotten the American worker. Their interests were pushed aside for global projects and their wealth was taken from the communities and shipped overseas,” said Ferre. “Under the leadership of President Donald Trump, not only will the American worker never be forgotten, but they will be championed.”

Trump has pledged to bring back U.S. manufacturing jobs lost to technological innovation and outsourcing by scaling back regulations and renegotiating the country’s trade deals.

It’s an issue that resonates with the president’s base, and one that senior aides sought to highlight Sunday as the president spent the weekend attending the U.S. Women’s Open golf championship at a course he owns.

— Staff and wire reports



J&J vaccine to remain in limbo while officials seek evidence


Prosecutors: No charges for officer in Capitol riot shooting


Biden to pull US troops from Afghanistan, end ‘forever war’


Former Minnesota cop charged in shooting of Black motorist


Blotter: April 14


Former North Carolina Gov. McCrory enters US Senate race


Salisbury woman arrested in Myrtle Beach for abducting child


County updates health director job description, will advertise for position

High School

High school tennis: East beats Carson, still hopes to share NPC title


Board of Elections to purchase upgraded voting equipment using federal grant


Kyle Seager drives in winning run in first game as Mariners split doubleheader with Orioles


City exhausts this year’s funds for Innes Street Improvements, Municipal Services District grant programs


Landis adopts amendments to Zoning Ordinance related to signs, Planning Board terms


Cop, police chief resign 2 days after Black motorist’s death


Expert says cop was justified in pinning down George Floyd


Blotter: April 13


County switches vaccines for Livingstone clinic after federal, state guidance


US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J vaccine over clot reports


Superintendent talks first 100 days, dives into district data


‘It was an answer to a call:’ TenderHearted Home Care celebrates 10 years of providing care at home


Political Notebook: Local polls find increasing number of North Carolinians want COVID-19 vaccine


Trial begins on challenge to latest NC voter ID law


Burch, Fisher, Marsh honored as 2021 recipients of Elizabeth Duncan Koontz Humanitarian Award


Landis board talks revenues, budget planning, department updates