Charlie Spence digs out coal beds still burning in Doyle’s Cedar Hill Restaurant on the day of the fire Jan. 3. Photo by BEN KATZ
Snow falls in front of the Cherokee County Courthouse in Murphy on Friday night. Some areas got as much as 6 inches of snow. Photo by BEN KATZ
Lily Knight liked the bunnies that students in the 4-H club presented for judging at last year’s Cherokee County Fair.
Businesses along U.S. 64 West do not want to see a median go in the middle of the road. Photo by BEN KATZ
Larry Wayne Reid
Three-year-old beagle Daffney enjoys the snowy weather before returning to her owner’s warm home.

News Stories

    Searching for college scholarships is a daunting task for high school juniors and seniors.

Charlie Spence digs out coal beds still burning in Doyle’s Cedar Hill Restaurant on the day of the fire Jan. 3. Photo by BEN KATZ

    Murphy – After the shocking fire at Doyle’s Cedar Hill Restaurant last week, residents have come together to try and help those affected in hopes the community icon will rebuild.

Snow falls in front of the Cherokee County Courthouse in Murphy on Friday night. Some areas got as much as 6 inches of snow. Photo by BEN KATZ

    The first snow of the winter in Cherokee County came with a prolonged bitter cold spell that saw temperatures dive into the single digits in some areas.

Sports

Hiwassee Dam’s Grant Nichols gets creative on a layup attempt Thursday night at Murphy.

    Murphy – For the Bulldog faithful in attendance at the Murphy High School gymnasium Thursday night, the nightcap of a four-game affair against in-county rival Hiwassee Dam looked to be a forego

Murphy’s Jessica Beckner (15) prepares to thwart a potential basket by Zoey Jacobsen (22) of Hiwassee Dam during a hotly contested game Thursday night on the Lady Bulldogs’ home floor. The Lady Eagles will host the next one. Photo by KEVIN HENSLEY

    Murphy – After months of speculation and buildup, the game finally happened.

    You know, full disclosure here, I started this column last week just to get my thoughts into the computer about the college football playoff.

Obituaries

    Opal Yates Luther, 88, of Andrews, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at her home.

    Roland Jackson Garrett of Marble passed away Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at Murphy Medical Center Nursing Home.

    Bobby Joe Clayton, 58, of Murphy, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at Murphy Medical Center.