Murphy assistant police chief Dustin Smith shows off some of the stuffed animals that first responders keep on hand and in patrol cars for delicate situations. Photo by Ben Katz
Cherokee Scout Publisher David Brown (center) accepts the 2018 award for Best of CNI from President Dink NeSmith (left) and Chairman Tom Wood.
During the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce After Hours on Thursday night, River Walk project manager Johnny Strawn and Master Gardener project coordinator Tom Benecke met at the base of the footbridge to discuss the walk’s landscaping history. One bed the Master Gardeners will start to maintain is at the base of the footbridge.
Left, Teresa McCoy speaks at a rally in Cherokee County. Right, Chief Richard Sneed helps hand out backpacks in Painttown.
Jacob Odell and Isaac Jensen get some sage advice from recent Tri-County Early College graduate River Collins on Aug. 14. Photos by Ben Katz
Hiwassee Dam’s Erika Sena will play a big role for the Lady Eagles this year. Photo by Kevin Hensley

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If there’s one thing I’m sensitive to, it’s an incorrect diagnosis.

    Ranger – The Cherokee County Department of Social Services handed over records relating to serious child abuse charges against three local residents on Friday morning to the Di

    Murphy – Even Cal Stiles was having a hard time believing it.

    Andrews – An effort to level the playing field for contractors to bid on a street-paving project will cost the town more money to complete the work and raises questions about t

    Raleigh – For perhaps the first time in a half-century or more, the timeline on building Corridor K has actually been moved up.

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Hiwassee Dam’s Erika Sena will play a big role for the Lady Eagles this year. Photo by Kevin Hensley

    Hiwassee Dam – When a new head coach takes over a program, they typically inherit a team that has been stuck at the bottom of the barrel and underachieving.

Andrews’ Abby Hedden serves it up last season. Photo by Kevin Hensley

    Andrews – Filling roles left vacant by graduating players is a challenge that all high school sports teams are faced with at some point.

Nantahala’s Savannah O’Dell sets the ball last season. Photo by Kevin Hensley

    Nantahala – In recent years, wins have been far and few between for the Nantahala Lady Hawks.

Murphy’s Hailey Bowman gets the ball back across the net during a game last season. Photo by Kevin Hensley

    Murphy – As the old saying goes, good things come in threes.

Andrews' Gage Gillespie catches a touchdown pass during Friday's scrimmage against Cherokee. Photos by Byron Housleyy

    Robbinsville – Andrews coach James Phillips made one thing clear to his Wildcats after Friday night’s scrimmage – this week, it’s for real.


    Eunice Earline Burks White, 80, of Andrews, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, at Murphy Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.

    Leon Tatham, 71, of Murphy, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.

    Daniel Monroe Wilson, 68, of Brasstown, passed away Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in a Murphy care facility.

Celebrate Cherokee

The Town of Murphy and surrounding area as seen from an aerial view earlier this year. Photo by BEN KATZ

   52 Things to Celebrate About Cherokee County: No. 52 – Our Mountain Lifestyle

Natalie and Madison King got to Shop With a Cop (in this case Murphy police Officer Samuel Allen, foreground) on Saturday, getting Christmas presents for themselves and their families. Photos by BEN KATZ

   52 Things to Celebrate About Cherokee County: No. 51 – Christmas Charities

The United Way donated to 11 county agencies in 2018. From left, first row are Grace Henderson, Cherokee County 4-H; Lynda Christen, Cherokee County Sharing Center; Karen Borchers, United Way executive director; Cecilia Crawford, REACH; Dianne Young, United Way president; Netta McFaddin, Far West Families First. Second row are Roger Holloway, United Way treasurer; Crystal Glenn, HAVEN Children’s Advocacy Center; Pat Meeks, Hurlburt-Johnson Friendship House homeless shelter; and Joel Franks and Eugene Craig.

   52 Things to Celebrate About Cherokee County: No. 50 – Local Clubs & Organizations 


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    The Fourth of July Parade in Murphy made a nice comeback Wednesday, led by American Legion Post 96 and Cub Scout Pack 400 and followed by plenty of terrific entries.

The Cherokee Scout

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Murphy, NC 28906
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