This 14-point buck was poached in December but he guilty party has not yet been brought to justice.
Susan Fredriksen (left) of Unaka and Rhonnie Leder met in person for the first time Saturday. Fredriksen is donating a kidney to someone she has never met after reading about Leder doing the same as part of a donation chain. Photo by BEN KATZ
Hiwassee Dam High School’s top three academic students will graduate Saturday, June 11, from their rural community school. They are (from left) Trevor Reid, valedictorian; Kameron Forrister, salutatorian; and Tasha Raper, vocational honor student. Photo by DWIGHT OTWELL
ShoeBootie’s Cafe in Murphy has made its bathrooms unisex. Photo by BEN KATZ
One of the prize-winning litter posters from the contest held at Cherokee County Schools is shown.
Jeanette Yule and Arlene O’Connor share a laugh while getting acquainted at the Widows of Warriors luncheon Saturday.

News Stories

    Murphy – Cherokee County Commissioner Cal Stiles fought the schools, and the schools won.

Susan Fredriksen (left) of Unaka and Rhonnie Leder met in person for the first time Saturday. Fredriksen is donating a kidney to someone she has never met after reading about Leder doing the same as part of a donation chain. Photo by BEN KATZ

   Unaka – Susan Fredriksen read an article in a magazine about a woman who donated her kidney to a total stranger. That inspired her to do the same for someone else.

Hiwassee Dam High School’s top three academic students will graduate Saturday, June 11, from their rural community school. They are (from left) Trevor Reid, valedictorian; Kameron Forrister, salutatorian; and Tasha Raper, vocational honor student. Photo by DWIGHT OTWELL

    Hiwassee Dam – Three of Hiwassee Dam High School’s top graduating seniors will soon jump from a small pool into a much larger lake.

Sports

Murphy shortstop Joey Curry just misses a ball hit into short left field during their 4-3 state 1A playoff loss to Cherryville on Saturday. Photo by JOHN CLARK/Gaston Gazette

   Cherryville – Another quarter of a step, and lunging shortstop Joey Curry would have had an over-the-shoulder grab in shallow center field.

    Murphy – Baseball coach Adam Clonts and the Murphy Bulldogs aren’t ready to give up the spotlight just yet.

Murphy's 4x400 relay boys team – (from left) Alex Higdon, Grant Lindsay, Jonathan Wheaton and Ethan Murray – took fourth place in the state. Photo by SCOTT LINDSAY/contributing photographer

    Greensboro – The performances of all track teams representing Cherokee County during Friday’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s State 1A Championship located at

Obituaries

    Laben “Dale” Huff, 90, passed away Monday, May 23, 2016, peacefully in his mountain home surrounded by the ones he loved.

    Novella Hayes Dockery, 89, of Murphy, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2016, at Murphy Medical Center Nursing Home.

    Essie Mae Decker, 96, of Murphy, assed away Friday, May 20, 2016, at Mission Hospital in Asheville.