Hiwassee Dam's Haylie Shope receives her NCHSAA Athlete of the Year award on Thursday.
Football players from Murphy High School help to remove the dome from the Hiwassee Valley Pool & Wellness Center, a local sign of springtime. Photo by BEN KATZ
Dr. Jean-Marie Luginbuhl talks about feeding goats and sheep proper nutrients at a session given by the N.C. Cooperative Extension Office. Photo by BEN KATZ
Dancers at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown prance around the Maypole, carrying on an old English tradition to celebrate spring. Photo by KELSEY RICHARDSON
Ronald McDonald reveals second-grader Mason Gaither in a clown costume at the conclusion of one of his magic tricks Friday morning. Photo by SAMANTHA SINCLAIR
The ninth annual Ramps Festival at the L&N Depot in downtown Murphy on Saturday raised $4,000 to be split among eight different charities. Above, patrons enjoy their meal while listening to music by the Howard Family & Friends. Photo by BEN KATZ

News Stories

    Murphy – Unlike last year’s budget session between Cherokee County commissioners and school officials, everyone left the meeting room happy Friday afternoon.

   Peachtree – A young Cherokee County girl was rescued Friday after falling down a 50-foot well.

    Murphy – If someone was spending $43 million of your money, would you want to have input into where it was going?


Hiwassee Dam's Haylie Shope receives her NCHSAA Athlete of the Year award on Thursday.

    Chapel Hill – Hiwassee Dam’s Haylie Shope collected the highest of her many athletic honors Thursday when she was named the NCHSAA Female Athlete of the Year for all classifications across the

Hiwassee Dam’s Savannah Wills makes contact for an RBI-single during the top of the first inning of Friday’s matchup with Murphy at Konehete Park. Photo by SARAH WOODALL

    Hiwassee Dam – Even with an unbeaten record, home field advantage still isn’t set in stone for the No.

Murphy’s Anthony Connors went 4-for-4 with 6 RBI against Hiwassee Dam on Friday. Photo by SARAH WOODALL

    Bryson City – Maxpreps’ No. 18 state-ranked Murphy Bulldogs can almost taste their first Smoky Mountain Conference title since 2011.


Nov. 14, 1943 – April 22, 2016
    Mrs. Joyce Morrow Worthy, 72, of Farner, Tenn., passed away Friday, April 22, 2016.

    Robert J. Peek, 85, of Murphy, passed away Monday, May 2, 2016, at his residence.
    No services are planned at this time.

    Benny W. “Ben” Carter, 89, of Casa Grande, Ariz., formerly of Hayesville, died Thursday, April 28, 2016.