Murphy High School Class of 2017 salutatorian Grant Lindsay addresses his peers during graduation Friday night. Photo by BEN KATZ

The June 14 edition of the Cherokee Scout is out ... Graduates have their moment, Couple accused of robbing pastor's home, Marble to close and more

   Murphy – The grass at Bob Hendrix Memorial Stadium was soaked in sunshine with the sun gingerly sitting on top of the tress as 98 Murphy High School seniors waited for commencement exercises to begin Friday evening.
   “It is a bit scary,” Jacob Bates said shortly before he entered the football field in front of an overflow crowd of relatives and friends of the soon-to-be graduates. “My parents prepared me. I am ready for the start of the next chapter.
   “Murphy High has taught us what we need to know.”
   Bates plans to attend Appalachian State University and major in architectural engineering.
   “It is bittersweet,” Alana Cook said of her years at Murphy High. “It is hard to imagine that in August we won’t be coming back.”
   For more on the Murphy graduation, click here.

   Other headlines this week in the Cherokee Scout:
   * Marble Elementary will be closed next year;
   * Hiwassee Dam graduates look to the future;
   * Couple accused in robbery of pastor’s home;
   * Murphy baseball lands two on All-State team.

   For this week’s full e-edition, click here.