Collin Cruse chases down South Stanly's Jaquez Cooke last week in the first round of the playoffs. Photo by KEVIN HENSLEY
Soldiers bear the casket carrying Col. Thomas Trombley of Murphy at Arlington National Cemetery on Nov. 1. Photo courtesy of Mattox Photography
Bram Farbstein brings Rick Ramsey the good news about his election night win for Murphy mayor. Photo by BEN KATZ
Jeremy Golden, Sue Runion and Hubert Lawrence are being sought for questioning by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.
Murphy’s Kadrian McRae (34) eyes South Stanly’s Cade Whitley (51), moments after taking a handoff from Joey Curry (1) on Friday night. McRae had two rushing touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 44-13, first-round playoff win.
Peyton Wood is shown with her father, Chris Wood. Standing in back (from left) are Murphy High School athletic director Ray Gutierrez, girls’ track coach Penny Johnson, and cross-country coaches Frank Hill and Davis Bryant.

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Bram Farbstein brings Rick Ramsey the good news about his election night win for Murphy mayor. Photo by BEN KATZ

   Murphy – Rick Ramsey won a convincing victory to become the next mayor of Murphy on Nov. 7.

 Timothy Russell Rung, 42, of Hothouse; Robert Andrew Defore, 41, of Andrews; William Craig Moran, 53, of Murphy

   Murphy – Three men pleaded guilty to vile sex offenses Monday in Superior Court and were sentenced to long prison terms.

   Murphy – One person believes the county should not waste money trying to maintain aging school buildings, while another wants to keep small community schools.

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Murphy’s Kadrian McRae (34) eyes South Stanly’s Cade Whitley (51), moments after taking a handoff from Joey Curry (1) on Friday night. McRae had two rushing touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 44-13, first-round playoff win.

   Murphy – The move up to 1AA provided the Bulldogs with a futile first-round opponent.

Lined up as far as the eye could see, cool vehicles from several states were on display during the fifth annual Martins Creek Car Show on Saturday.

   Martins Creek – The cars just kept coming. And coming. And coming.

Peyton Wood is shown with her father, Chris Wood. Standing in back (from left) are Murphy High School athletic director Ray Gutierrez, girls’ track coach Penny Johnson, and cross-country coaches Frank Hill and Davis Bryant.

   Murphy – When the one-week window to sign letters of intent opened Nov. 8, two Murphy High School athletes were standing by, pens in hand.

Obituaries

    Savannah Faye Jacobs Wood, 81, of Aquone, passed away Wednesday, Nov.  8, 2017, in a Franklin hospital.

    George Webb, 78, of Murphy, passed away Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Murphy Rehab and Nursing.
    He was born in Johnstown, Pa., to the late Robert and Tressa Webb.

    Wanda McDonald, 93, of Murphy, passed away Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at her home.
    Services are planned for a later date.