Murphy’s baseball team celebrates scoring a run against Pine Lake Prep on Friday. Photo by BEN KATZ
Murphy's top students for 2017 are Isaac Mock (let) and Grant Lindsay.
Hiwassee Dam's Savannah Wills was the co-conference player of the year.
Joe Copeland walks through Murphy as he continues his 2,700-mile journey across the nation to raise awareness for U.S. military veterans suffering from suicides and post-traumatic stress disorder. Photo by BEN KATZ
Members of the Murphy High School Lady Bulldogs track team pose with the state 1A runner-up plaque following the state meet Saturday in Greensboro. From left are coach Penny Johnson, Lauren Pendley, Grace Hill, Katlyn Stiles, Emily Reid, Peyton Wood, Cameron Rice, Emma Stroup and Madison Worley. Not pictured: Kelsey Fulgham and Carly Hopkins.
After years of hearing its name in consolidation rumors, a proposal is on the table to close Marble  Elementary School after this year. The community is not likely to take it lying down, however.

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Murphy's top students for 2017 are Isaac Mock (let) and Grant Lindsay.

   Murphy – Senior Isaac Mock will be the fourth consecutive Mock to give the valedictorian speech at Murphy High School’s graduation, while Grant Lindsay is salutatorian for the C

Travis Wesley Orr, 29, of Athens, Tenn.

   Murphy – A man who ran from a sheriff’s deputy at the Cherokee County Courthouse last month was arrested Thursday.

Winning second place in the robotics competition were Hiwassee Dam High School students Jordan Hayes, Michael Lambert, Bo Helton and Cade Tipton (from left).

   Hiwassee Dam – Robotics and Electronics teams from Hiwassee Dam High School were the only schools to have both first- and second-place winners in the STEM-E competition at Chero

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Murphy’s Caleb Irwin threw a complete game, allowing no earned runs, against Pine Lake Prep. Photo by BEN KATZ

   Murphy – No late-inning heroics were needed this time around, as Murphy’s baseball team took care of business right away in the fourth round of the state 1A playoffs Friday.

Hiwassee Dam's Savannah Wills was the co-conference player of the year.

   Members of the Hiwassee Dam Lady Eagles and the Murphy Lady Bulldogs have been named to the All-Smoky Mountain Conference softball team.

The Murphy Middle School Bulldogs finished the 2017 season as the Smoky Mountain Conference Western Division champions. Kneeling in front (from left) are Chase O’Dell, Adam Sutton, Joe Swain and Chase Allen. Middle row (from left) are coach Stacy Cornwell, Briggs Cornwell, Luke Ritz, Ray Rathburn, Hunter Curtis, Payton McCracken, Jesse Kephart, Isra Smith and head coach Danny Allen. Back row (from left) are coach Rick Hincke, Yousef Mugharbil and Zane Hincke.

   Hayesville – The Murphy Middle School Bulldogs came ready for a battle in the Smoky Mountain Conference championship game on May 17.

Obituaries

    Robby Lee Edwards Stroh Wernersback, 94, of Centennial, Colo., and formerly of West Palm Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully from kidney disease Friday, April 7, 2017, at home surrounded by her

    Beauford Harold Carswell, 76, of Murphy, passed away Monday, May 15, 2017, at his residence.
    He was a native of Gastonia, but lived in Murphy most of his life.

    Josephine “Jo” Leta Betts passed from this earth Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at Union County Nursing Home in Blairsville, Ga.