Rob Tiger on banjo, Wyatt Espalin on fiddle, and Zach Kilmer on bass perform during the 7th Annual Art, River, & Music Festival along the Riverwalk. Photo by BEN KATZ

The June 7 edition of the Cherokee Scout is out ... Murphy firemen honored, Early College graduates walk, Police monitor park complaints and more

    Murphy – Two firefighters totaling more than 76 years of experience were honored Monday by the Town of Murphy as they head to retirement.
    Doug King and Carlton Fowler were recognized by Mayor Bill Hughes and Chief Al Lovingood at the town’s council meeting.
    King has served 40 years and is retired from the Murphy High School maintenance department. He recruited many firefighters over the years, including the chief himself.
   “Doug is mostly responsible for recruiting me to the fire service,” Lovingood said. “He encouraged me along with others to explore the opportunity in high school even if just for curiosity.”
    Fowler is an industrial electrician at Snap-On Tools, and he served nearly 36 1/2 years in two different stints with the department.
   “Carlton is one of those people who is good at everything he does, and the fire service was no exception,” Lovingood said.
   Hughes praised the men for their years of service along with all the fire personnel present for the presentations.
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   Other headlines this week in the Cherokee Scout:
   * Art, River and Music Festival celebrates local culture
   * Early College graduates eye new challenges
   * Alleged park deviant arrested by police
   * Murphy Bulldogs stunned in 1A state baseball playoffs

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