Murphy's Kadrian McRae takes the handoff from Joey Curry during last week's game. Photo by KEVIN HENSLEY
Bit Ledford and Louis Foster fill up their diesel pickups Monday at Hot Spot in Ranger, as fuel supplies were scarce in Cherokee County over the weekend. Photo by BEN KATZ
Dylan Eckart (fallen fisherman) takes a closer look at the fish he’s trying to catch alongside Alex Bruce, Gabe Stephens, Jonah Dillard, Katie Gipson and Alexas Lane (from left) during a field trip from Ranger Elementary/Middle School on Monday. Photo by BEN KATZ
New Murphy High School Principal Tom Graham used to teach history for the Bulldogs. Photo by BEN KATZ
Sheriff Derrick Palmer talks with other law enforcement officials at BB&T Bank on Monday. Photo by BEN KATZ
Solar panels can be seen in many areas of Cherokee County. Photo by BEN KATZ

News Stories

Bit Ledford and Louis Foster fill up their diesel pickups Monday at Hot Spot in Ranger, as fuel supplies were scarce in Cherokee County over the weekend. Photo by BEN KATZ

   Gas stations all over Cherokee County were out of fuel Monday morning, just as commuters returned to the work week.

Dylan Eckart (fallen fisherman) takes a closer look at the fish he’s trying to catch alongside Alex Bruce, Gabe Stephens, Jonah Dillard, Katie Gipson and Alexas Lane (from left) during a field trip from Ranger Elementary/Middle School on Monday. Photo by BEN KATZ

   Andrews – With giant nets and muddy waders, students from Ranger Elementary/Middle School dived headfirst into water quality education.

New Murphy High School Principal Tom Graham used to teach history for the Bulldogs. Photo by BEN KATZ

    Murphy – Tom Graham has been named principal of Murphy High School.

Sports

Murphy's Kadrian McRae takes the handoff from Joey Curry during last week's game. Photo by KEVIN HENSLEY

It's finally time for the Smoky Mountain Conference season, and one of the biggest games of the year starts things off as Cherokee visits Murphy in a battle for the role of favorite for the rest of

Murphy's KJ Allen looks for running room Friday night. Photo by KEVIN HENSLEY

   Murphy – The Murphy High School Bulldogs have been proverbially “spreading the wealth” in their backfield this season.

Murphy’s Luke Newton wraps up Gilmer County running back Griffin Cagle on Friday night. The Bulldogs went on a 20-0 run during the second half en route to a 27-6 victory in their final non-conference game of the year. Photo by KEVIN HENSLEY

   Ellijay, Ga. – When you take an early bite out of the competition, the missing chunk causes a shift in momentum.

Obituaries

    Frances Parker, 91, of Leesburg, Va., formerly of Marble, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, in a Leesburg care facility.

    Emma Jean Parker Voiles, 79, of Broussard, La., formerly of Andrews, passed away Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016.  

    Eulene McClure, 84, of Hayesville, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, at Clay County Care Center.