December 22, 2014

ABOUT US

The Cherokee Scout is the largest publication in far-western North Carolina, serving residents and visitors since 1889. Building on that long history of providing accurate and fair news and information, the Scout also operates the most dynamic Web site in Cherokee County.

CherokeeScout.com provides readers with the latest news, sports, features and advertising pertinent to our growing community. Our loyal newspaper readers also can rely on the Scout to keep them abreast of the issues most important to them via the our online e-edition.

The print edition of the Scout is published every Wednesday, all year, and has a circulation of more than 8,500, reaching about 80 percent of the households in the county. In addition to the weekly print edition of the Scout, we produce specialty publications throughout the year, including:

  • Medical Directory magazine, published in February;
  • Peaks & Valleys magazine, the county’s annual information guide, which also includes the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce’s membership directory, published in May;
  • Seniors, graduation special published in June;
  • Back to School, published in August;
  • Pigskin Preview, published in August;
  • Readers’ Choice, published in October;
  • Mountain Hoops, published in December;
  • Country Roads magazine, published in March, June, September and November to coincide with the four seasons.

The Scout also sponsors many important events in our community, including political debates every election year, and support of the local American Cancer Society Relay for Life. We also help support other charities, worthwhile causes like litter cleanup and non-profit organizations such as the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and Cherokee County Arts Coalition.

The Scout is part of Community Newspapers Inc., which publishes 24 quality hometown newspapers across the Southeast. “Our mission is to publish distinguished and profitable community newspapers. Among our overall goals are:

  • to publish newspapers whose focus will be excellence in terms of news and advertising content, reproduction and service;
  • to maximize profits consistent with product quality, but in no case less than required to assure long term growth and our editorial independence;
  • to be fundamentalists in our support of the public’s right to know, and the right of free speech and press;
  • to take a bias in support of the communities we serve: providing aggressive, visionary leadership.

This mission will be accomplished through the teamwork of professionals who are dedicated to truth, integrity, loyalty, quality and hard work. We believe that a community must first know about itself in order to act in its own best interest. We believe that strong newspapers build strong communities, Newspapers get things done!” The Scout’s 125-year history of quality journalism, effective advertising and community service has resulted in winning many major awards and honors. This is only a partial list going back to 1970.

AWARDS WON BY THE CHEROKEE SCOUT

2009

N.C. Press Advertising Contest

  • First place – Best Motor Vehicle ad, Ground to Graphics, Sales Associate Kit Carson and Design Director Teresa Pullium.
  • First place – Best Local Recruitment Ad, “Is your house different?” Pullium.
  • First place – Best Full Color Local Recruitment Ad, “Home for the Holidays” recipe request, Pullium.
  • First place – Best Restaurant/Entertainment Ad, Murphy’s Chophouse, Sales Manager Donna Cook and Pullium.
  • First place – Best Use of Humor, Cherokee Well Drilling, Carson and Pullium.
  • First Place – Best Innovative Concept, “Profits Soar,” Carson and Pullium.
  • First place – Best Newspaper Promotion, 2009 Rate Card, Cook, Pullium and Conley.
  • First place – Best Single Sheet Insert, “What can you do with an extra $44?” Cook and Pullium.
  • First place – Best Real Estate Ad in a Niche Publication, Overlook Martins Creek, Carson and Pullium.
  • First place – Best Restaurant/Entertainment Ad in a Niche Publication, Cherokee Hills Golf Course, Cook and Pullium.
  • First place – Best Retail Ad in a Niche Publication, Outdoor Living, Carson and Pullium.
  • Second place – Best Full Color Local Recruitment Ad, “Best time to buy is now,” Pullium.
  • Second place – Best Home Furnishings and Appliances Campaign,Cook’s Carpet, Carson and Rayburn.
  • Second place – Best Use of Spot Color, Badcock & More, Cook and Pullium.
  • Second place – Best Newspaper Promotion, “Advertise Your Business,” Pullium.
  • Second place – Best Niche Publication, Country Roads, Cook and Pullium.
  • Third place – Best Full Color Motor Vehicle Ad, Jacky Jones Superstore, Cook and Conley.
  • Third place – Best Full Color Local Recruitment Ad, “Reader’s Choice” ballot, Cook and Pullium.
  • Third place – Best Use of Spot Color, Peddlers Village, Carson and Rayburn.
  • Third place – Best Newspaper Promotion, “Unseen, Unsold,” Cook and Pullium.
  • Third place – Best Classified Section, Cook and Conley.
  • Third place – Best Real Estate Ad in a Niche Publication, Crawford’s Campground, Cook and Conley.
  • First place – Serious Column, Brown, for his writing on the Murphy alcohol referendums, the closing of Marble’s Coats American plant and suspected gasoline price gouging.
  • Second place – Photo Page, Staff Photographer Scott Wallace, for his photos showing the lunar eclipse visible in Cherokee County on Feb. 20.
  • Third place – General News Photograph, Wallace, for his photo of an exhausted firefighter.
  • Third place – Feature Photograph, Wallace, for his photo of a cancer patient getting her head shaved surrounded by her friends.
  • Third place – News Coverage, staff.
  • Third place – Sports Coverage, Associate Editor Mark Townsend.
  • Best in Show, Sales Manager Donna Cook and Design Director Teresa Pullium, Full Color Real Estate Ad "Meet your new neighbors" for Newell & Denna Collins.
  • First place - Best Full Color Real Estate Ad, Newell & Deena Collins, Cook and Pullium.
  • First place – Best Full Color Local Recruitment Ad, Cherokee Scout Readers' Choice, Cook and Pullium.
  • First place – Best Full Color Institutional Ad, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, Cook and Pullium.
  • First place – Best Newspaper Promotion, Cherokee Scout History, Cook & Pullium.
  • First place - Best Small Ad, Mike Welch Detailing, Cook and Pullium.
  • First place – Best Local Recruitment Ad, Cook & staff.
  • Second place – Best Real Estate Ad, Re/Max, Pullium & staff.
  • Second place – Best Motor Vehicle Ad, Ground to Graphics, Sales Associate Kit Carson and Pullium.
  • Second place – Best Full Color Local Recruitment Ad, Cherokee Scout/Cherokee County Schools Art Contest, Cook and Pullium.
  • Second place - Best Newspaper Promotion, Wish You Were Here, Cook and Pullium.
  • Second place – Best Classified Section, Cook and Graphic Designer Fame Conley.
  • Third place – Best Full Color Real Estate Ad, Re/Max, Pullium & staff.
  • Third place – Best Local Recruitment Ad, Hiwassee Valley Pool & Recreation, Cook and Pullium.
  • Third place - Best Full Color Retail Ad, High End Tile, Cook and Pullium.
  • Third place – Best Use of Full Color, Cherokee Scout Web Site promotion, Pullium & staff.
  • Third place – Best Full Color Restaurant/Entertainment Ad, Longhouse Restaurant & Bar, staff.
  • Third place – Best Use of Spot Color, Everglades Electric Supply, staff.
  • Third place – Best Use of Humor, Wild Bill's Truck & Trailer, Carson and staff.
  • Third place – Best Wild Card, Murray the Lost Dog, Cook and Pullium.
  • Third place - Best Advertising Campaign, Cherokee Scout's New Real Estate Section, Cook and Pullium.
  • Gold Star – Best Special Section, Home for the Holidays, Cook and Pullium.

Best of CNI Contest

  • First place – Best Sports Photo, Sports Photographer John Fowler, for “Coming Through.”
  • First place – Best Ad, Black and White, Design Director Teresa Pullium, for “Ground to Graphics Hot Foot Street Rods.”
  • Second place – Best of CNI, staff.
  • Second place – Best Promotional Campaign, Pullium, for “We were here then, we are here now, we’ll be here tomorrow.”
  • Second place – Best Special Section, staff, for the annual Peaks and Valleys magazine.
  • Third place – Best Overall Design, staff.
  • Third place – Best Sports Photo, Associate Editor Mark Townsend, for “Out of the blocks.”
  • Third place – Best Use of Photos, staff.

2007

N.C. Press Association News, Editorial and Photojournalism Contest

  • First place – General Excellence, staff.
  • First place – Duke Divinity School Award for Excellence in Religion – Community Division, former staff writer Cindi Herr.
  • First place – Feature Photography, Staff Photographer Scott Wallace, for photographs taken at the 2006 Cherokee County Air Show.
  • First place – Photo page, Wallace, for photos highlighting the 2006 Cherokee County Air Show.
  • Second place – Headline Writing, staff, for "Burning desire to help.”.
  • Third place – Special Section, Design Director Teresa Pullium, for the 2007 Spring Home and Garden Improvement Guide.
  • Third place – Sports News Reporting, Associate Editor Mark Townsend, for his story about Murphy’s comeback win over Franklin in football.
  • Third place – Use of Photographs, staff, for Oct. 11 and Oct. 25, 2006.

N.C. Press Advertising Contest

  • First place – Best Motor Vehicle Ad, Ground to Graphics, Sales Associate Fame Conley and Design Director Teresa Pullium.
  • First place – Best Local Recruitment Ad, Cherokee Scout, Sales Manager Donna Cook and graphic artist Christy Guthrie.
  • First place – Best Innovative Concept, Clay's Corner 'Possum Drop, Cook and Pullium.
  • First place – Best Niche Publication, Wish You Were Here, Cook and Pullium.
  • Third place – Best Full-Color Real Estate Ad, Exit Realty, Conley and Pullium.
  • Third place – Best Small Ad, Valley River Humane Society, Cook and Pullium.
  • Gold Star – Best Special Section, Home for the Holidays, Cook and Pullium.
  • Gold Star – Best Special Section, Peaks & Valleys, Cook and Pullium.

Best of CNI Contest

  • First place – Best Editorial Writing, Publisher David Brown and Editor Robert Horne, for editorials about Tri-County Early College High School and former Murphy police chief Mark Thigpen's forced resignation.
  • First place – Best News Story, Staff Writer Cindi Herr, for "Early college planning done in secret."
  • First place – Best Sports Page, Associate Editor Mark Townsend.
  • Second place – Best of CNI, staff.
  • Second place – Best Sports Story, Townsend, for "Eagles ascend into Elite."
  • Second place – Best News Photo, Staff Photographer Scott Wallace, for "Lucky to be alive."
  • Third place – Best Front Page, Horne.
  • Third place – Best News Photo, Wallace, for "Sorrow turns to joy."
  • Third place – Best Feature Photo, Wallace, for "What a big fish."
  • Advertising All-Star – Sales Associate Fame Conley.

2006

N.C. Press Association News, Editorial and Photojournalism Contest

  • First place – Editorial Page, staff.
  • First place – News Feature Writing, Staff Writer Cindi Herr, for "Victim takes stand."
  • First place – Investigative Reporting, Herr, for her work on the new Tri-County Early College High School.
  • First place – Sports News Reporting, Associate Editor Mark Townsend, for "Eagles ascend into elite."
  • First place – Use of Photographs, staff.
  • First place – General News Photography, Staff Photographer Scott Wallace, for "Lucky to be alive."
  • First place – Feature Photography, Wallace, for "Big fish."
  • Second place – News Enterprise Reporting, Herr, for her work reporting on homeless students.
  • Second place – Headline Writing, staff, for "Controversy brewing" over an article on the county's various alcohol laws.
  • Third place – General Excellence, staff.
  • Third place – Feature Photography, Wallace, for "Nose to nose."
  • Third place – Sports Feature Writing, Design Director Teresa Pullium, for "Ready, set, surf!"
  • Third place – News Coverage, staff.
  • Third place – News Enterprise Reporting, Herr, for her work reporting on the out-of-county student debate.
  • Third place – Sports Photography, Wallace, for "Hammer throw."
  • Third place – Feature Writing, Herr, for "Ladies help inmates find freedom."

Best of CNI Contest

  • First place – Best Editorial Writing, Publisher David Brown and Editor Robert Horne.
  • First place – Best Humorous Column, Associate Editor Mark Townsend.
  • First place – Best Ad, Black & White, staff.
  • First place – Increase in Display Ads, staff.
  • Advertising All-Star – Sales Manager Donna Cook.

U.S. Small Business Administration

  • Business Columnist Jerry Chautin, Small Business Journalist of the Year.

2005

N.C. Press Association News, Editorial and Photojournalism Contest

  • First place – Editorial Page, staff.
  • First place – Headline Writing, associate Editor Mark Townsend.
  • Second place – General News Reporting, Staff Writer Linda Miller, for “Rudolph gives up fight,” about Eric Rudolph’s guilty plea;
* First place – Profile Feature, Editor John Carson, for “Surviving the numbers game,” about a Holocaust survivor living in the area;
* Second place – Appearance and Design, staff.
  • Second place – News Coverage,staff.
  • Third place – General Excellence, staff.

Best of CNI Contest

  • First place – Best Editorial Page, staff.
  • Second place – Best Use of Photos, staff.

Community Service

  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life, South Atlantic Division – All-Star team, Bronze level.

2004

N.C. Press Association News, Editorial and Photojournalism Contest

  • First place – Serious Columns, Publisher David Brown.
  • Second place – Appearance and Design, staff.
  • Second place – Sports Photography, Sports Editor Mark Townsend.
  • Second place – News Enterprise Reporting, Staff Writer Linda Miller.
  • Third place – Serious Columns, Editor Tina Hughes.
  • Third place – Special Sections, staff, for "Peaks & Valleys."
  • Third place – Sports Columns, Hughes.

N.C. Press Advertising Contest

  • Third place – Best Spot Color Institutional Ad, Murphy School of Dance, Sales Manager Donna Cook.

Best of CNI Contest

  • First place – Best Front Page, staff.
  • First place – Best News Story, Staff Writer Linda Miller, for "Fugitive captured at shopping center."

Community Service

  • Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition – Media Award.
  • Certificate of Appreciation – Valuable contribution to Peeks Creek Victims Boot Drive.
  • Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce – People's Choice Award, Chili Cook-Off.

2003

N.C. Press Association News, Editorial and Photojournalism Contest

  • Second place – General Excellence, staff.
  • Second place – Special Section, staff.
  • Third place – News Coverage, staff.

N.C. Press Advertising Contest

  • First place – Best Motor Vehicle Ad, Sales Manager Donna Cook and graphic artist Fame Conley.
  • Second place – Best Spot Color Home Furnishings and Appliances Ad, Conley.

Best of CNI Contest

  • Second place – President's Award, for the Cherokee Scout being the first newspaper in America to report in print on the arrest of fugitive Eric Rudolph.
  • Second place – Best Editorial Page, staff.
  • Honorable mention – Best Feature Photo, Staff Writer Linda Miller.

Community Service

  • Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce – Showmanship Award, Chili Cook-Off.

2002

N.C. Press Association News, Editorial and Photojournalism Contest

  • First place – General News Reporting, Staff Writer Linda Miller.
  • Second place – Appearance and Design.
  • Second place – News Coverage.
  • Second place – General News Photography, Staff Writer Gabby Hudson.
  • Second place – Profile Feature, Staff Writer Cindi Herr.

Best of CNI Contest

  • Third place – Best Sports Page, Sports Editor Mark Townsend.
  • Third place – Best Sports Photo, Townsend.

Community Service

  • Statewide Outstanding Print Media Coverage for the Special Olympics in North Carolina.

2001

Best of CNI Contest

  • First place – Best Sports Page, Sports Editor Mark Townsend.
  • First place – Best Sports Photo, Sports Photographer John Fowler.
  • Second place – Best Promotional Campaign.

Community Service

  • U.S. Marine Corps, Toys for Tots, Commander's Award.

2000

N.C. Press Association News, Editorial and Photojournalism Contest

  • First place – Appearance and Design, staff.

Best of CNI Contest

  • First place – Best New Advertising Idea, "Y2K."
  • Third place – Best Feature Photo, "One Kid to Another."

Community Service

  • MS Walk, Highest Pledge Average and Largest Team Corporate, Mid-Atlantic Chapter.
  • Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce – Showmanship Award, Chili Cook-Off.

1999

N.C. Press Association News, Editorial and Photojournalism Contest

  • First place – General Excellence, staff.
  • First place – Use of Photographs, staff.

Best of CNI Contest

  • Third place – Best Classified Section.

1998

N.C. Press Association News, Editorial and Photojournalism Contest

  • Second place – Best Editorial Page, staff.
  • Second place – Sports Columns, Staff Writer Cheryl Freeman.

Best of CNI Contest

  • Scout Press – Press Quality Award.

1997

N.C. Press Association News, Editorial and Photojournalism Contest

  • Second place – Sports Coverage, Sports Editor Charlene Kephart.
  • Third place – Feature Writing, Editor Patty Little.

Best of CNI Contest

  • First place – Best Community Service, "Love a Child."
  • Honorable mention – Best Special Section, "River Traveler."

1996

American Press Institute

  • First place – Community Design and Content.
  • First place – Editorial Page Design and Content.

Best of CNI Contest

  • Advertising All-Star – Sales Associate Margaret Campbell.

1995

Best of CNI Contest

  • First place – Best New Advertising Idea.
  • Third place – Best Ad, Black & White.
  • Efficiency Award, Scout Press.
  • President's Award in Advertising – Sales Manager Donna Cook.
  • Advertising All-Star – Sales Associate Margaret Campbell.

1994

Best of CNI Contest

  • First place – Best New Advertising Idea.
  • First place – Efficiency Award, Scout Press.
  • Second place – Best Advertisement.
  • Honorable mention – Best Editorial Page.

1993

Best of CNI Contest

  • Second place – Collections of Accounts Receivable.

1992

Best of CNI Contest

  • First place – Best Advertisement.
  • First place – Collection of Accounts Receivable.
  • Efficiency Award, Scout Press.

1991

Best of CNI Contest

  • First place – Best Feature Photo.
  • Second place – Collection of Accounts Receivable.
  • Third place – Best Front Page.

1990

Best of CNI Contest

  • First place – Award for General Excellence.
  • Third place – Best Progress Edition.
  • Third place – Best Feature Photo.
  • Honorable mention – Scout Press, Best Press Plant.

1974

N.C. Press Association Weekly Contest

  • First place – News Writing.

1973

N.C. Press Association Weekly Contest

  • First place – Advertisements.

1971

N.C. Press Association Weekly Contest

  • First place – Excellence in Typography.

Other

  • Fourth annual Cherokee/Clay County Great American Duck Race.
  • Murphy Youth Baseball – Certificate of Appreciation.
  • Murphy Elementary School PTA – Donation to Continuing Education.
  • Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce – Third place, Chili Cook-off.
  • Murphy Christmas Parade – Most Original, Commercial.

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