Konehete Park in Murphy offers a first-class playground for youngsters to enjoy. Photo by BEN KATZ
Ranger Fire Department is facing a controversy among its members.
Murphy's Emily Reid was one of the top swimmers in the state this year.
Murphy High School Class of 2017 salutatorian Grant Lindsay addresses his peers during graduation Friday night. Photo by BEN KATZ
Dennis Devin Dockery, 23, of Murphy and Carolyn Renee Ledford, 33, of Murphy
Hiwassee Dam’s Zoey Jacobsen, Savannah Wills and Alysha Floyd (from left) celebrate after Blue Ridge fell to the Lady Eagles 3-0 on Oct. 19. The victory gave Hiwassee Dam the Little Smoky Mountain Conference volleyball championship after the tie-breaking match at Andrews.

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Sofi plays on the newly installed pebble base at Konehete Park.

   Murphy – A place that is famous for kind ducks and fear-inciting geese, the playground at Konehete Park finally has reopened with long-awaited renovations that will enhance the

Overflow parking was in order at Monday's meeting at Ranger Fire Station.

   Ranger – Frank Mariano has faithfully served the Ranger Volunteer Fire Department for 33 years, including 24 years as chief.

Gideon Bradshaw, Aiden Hamby and Jesse Hall (from left) study for their homeschooling work. Photo by BEN KATZ

    Homeschooling in the 21st century involves much more than parents attempting to instruct their child while sitting around their kitchen table.

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Murphy's Emily Reid was one of the top swimmers in the state this year.

   Murphy – There was no shortage, nor discrimination, in the amount of hardware that Murphy High School sports programs raked in during the 2016-17 seasons.

Hiwassee Dam’s Zoey Jacobsen, Savannah Wills and Alysha Floyd (from left) celebrate after Blue Ridge fell to the Lady Eagles 3-0 on Oct. 19. The victory gave Hiwassee Dam the Little Smoky Mountain Conference volleyball championship after the tie-breaking match at Andrews.

   Hiwassee Dam – The question lingered at the start of the 2016-17 Hiwassee Dam sports season: How will the Lady Eagles fare without Haylie Shope?

   Murphy – The future looks bright for Murphy’s state runner-up baseball team, as two junior stars were named to the 1A All-Sate team.

Obituaries

    Cornelia June Rogers Miller, born June 12, 1934, in Morton, Miss., left us on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. She died alone after a long battle with drug addiction and depression.

    Ronnie Ruben Young, 66, of Marble, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Mission Hospital in Asheville.
    He was born in Detroit, Mich., to the late George and Nellie Rich Young.

    James “Pat” Kilpatrick, 88 of Murphy, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017, at Pruitt Health Care in Blue Ridge, Ga.