Courtney Craig and Brett McDonald hang decorations for the holiday season along downtown Murphy's streetlights. Photo by BEN KATZ
Hailey Burch fills up a plate of food for a hungry passerby at Main Street Diner on Thursday. Photo by BEN KATZ
Murphy Rotary Club member Ben Bell shows off a Christmas tree available at the lot near Ingles. Club members have been volunteering to sell Christmas trees to raise money for charitable projects in Cherokee County for 30 years. Photo by BEN KATZ
A forest fire broke out in the woods near Brasstown on Friday. Luckily for residents of Green Cove and Greasy Creek, the helibase for forest fires in the area is located at nearby Payne property. Photo by BEN KATZ
Forrest Oliphant looks at his baby son while doing pushups in the Baby Circus class. Photo by BEN KATZ
Murphy’s K.J. Allen breaks into the open field Friday night, leaving several Winston-Salem Prep defenders in his wake. Photo by BEN KATZ

News Stories

Courtney Craig and Brett McDonald hang decorations for the holiday season along downtown Murphy's streetlights. Photo by BEN KATZ

   Murphy – Dive into the holiday spirit during this weekend’s Murphy Hometown Christmas Celebration.

    Columbus, Ohio – Like the rest of America, students at Ohio State University were hoping to get back into the swing of things on the Monday morning after Thanksgiving.

Hailey Burch fills up a plate of food for a hungry passerby at Main Street Diner on Thursday. Photo by BEN KATZ

    Murphy – Each year on the fourth Thursday in November, Americans gather with family and friends, pals and preachers, companions and strangers.

Sports

Murphy’s K.J. Allen breaks into the open field Friday night, leaving several Winston-Salem Prep defenders in his wake. Photo by BEN KATZ

    Murphy – A Phoenix is a mythological Greek bird that can be reborn after dying in flames.

Mountain Island Charter’s Elijah Burris looks to break the tackle of Andrews’ Mitchell McGaha during a state 1A playoff game in Mount Holly on Nov. 18. Photo by MATTHEW OSBORNE

   Murphy – On paper, the Mountain Island Charter Raptors are a force to be reckoned with.

Hiwassee Dam's Alysha Floyd takes the ball to the basket during a win over Copper Basin on Monday. Photo by KEVIN HENSLEY

    Hiwassee Dam – After losing four games over the last two years, the Hiwassee Dam Lady Eagles started this season 0-4, which included losses to Gilmer, Pickens and Fannin (all Georgia teams), pl

Obituaries

    Anna Mae Jones, 80, of Hayesville, passed away Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, at her home.

    Laura James, 82, of Marble,  passed away Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, at Murphy Medical Center.

    Phyllis Moore, 82, of Murphy, passed away Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, at her residence.
    She was born in Washington, D.C., to the late Ray and Dorothy Powell Lynch.