Lisa Cooper and Lilly Woody participate in a litter pick-up in downtown Murphy on Saturday morning. Photo by BEN KATZ
(From left) U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, his former chief of staff Kenny West, and Democratic challenger Rick Bryson
The Cherokee County Board of Elections has plenty of fliers it no longer needs now that the state’s voting laws requiring a photo identification have been struck down in court.
Workers get going Tuesday morning on the 2.1-mile road construction project on N.C. 294 in Hiwassee Dam. Photo by DWIGHT OTWELL
Jack Thrasher “came for the young man (Ledford) killed in the car accident. I know his family, and I’ll probably do it (give blood) every year for him.” Photo by BEN KATZ
Judy Conn had a brilliant entertainment career.

News Stories

Lisa Cooper and Lilly Woody participate in a litter pick-up in downtown Murphy on Saturday morning. Photo by BEN KATZ

    Murphy – According to the U.S. National Park Service, this newspaper will decompose in only six weeks if left to the effects of nature.

(From left) U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, his former chief of staff Kenny West, and Democratic challenger Rick Bryson

    Bryson City – While Congress investigates possible unethical conduct by U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), his political opponent is going on the offensive.

The Cherokee County Board of Elections has plenty of fliers it no longer needs now that the state’s voting laws requiring a photo identification have been struck down in court.

    Murphy – Cherokee County is mobilizing for its third election of 2016 while adapting to ever-changing state rules on how they are to be conducted.

Sports

Murphy’s Riley Blalock (42) powers through the Hendersonville defense Saturday. Blalock led Murphy with 37 rushing yards on nine carries en route to the Bulldogs’ 21-17 win over the Bearcats. Photo by KEVIN HENSLEY

    Hendersonville – In a weekend full of upset variables, it is always nice to have a constant.

Murphy teammates Slade McTaggart (32), Colby Hensley (24) and Cory Farmer (54) celebrate with Colton Posey (21) after Posey’s second interception Saturday night at Hendersonville. The pick put the chance of a Bearcats’ comeback out of reach and was Posey’s second one of the game. Photo by KEVIN HENSLEY

    Hendersonville -- Rarely does a player affect the outcome of a game on both sides of the ball.

Jessica Beckner delivers a serve Thursday against Franklin. During the first week of the season, Beckner recorded four aces to aid in the Lady Bulldogs 2-0 start to the season. Photo by KEVIN HENSLEY

    Murphy – The Murphy Lady Bulldogs started the 2016 season on the right foot.

Obituaries

    Dick Barnhart, 68, of Murphy, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, at Murphy Medical Center.

    Harry Scott Nichols, 82, of Andrews, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016.

    Michael Francis Monroe, 50, of Marble, passed away Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, at his home.