After seven years as a detention officer, Valerie Auberry knows the DO's have to be watching a lot because the inmates are "always watching to see where we're at so they don't get caught." Here, she keeps an eye on the inmates from the control tower. Photo by BEN KATZ
Michelle Lloyd, Savanna Gladden and Amber Gilreath (from left) pose for a graduation selfie during Tri-County Community College’s graduation ceremony in spring 2017.
Multiple volunteer fire departments responded to a Wolf Creek home blaze on Dec. 28, but the house could not be saved, firefighters said.
Maggie Guthrie (left) and Brody Guthrie of Bellview stay warm inside snuggled under a blanket during the recent cold weather spell. Photo by CHRISTY GUTHRIE
Murphy’s Curt Brown keeps a close eye on Lumpkin County’s Gus Faulkner (20) on Dec. 27. Brown recorded 18 points at Rosman on Friday night, which played a key role in the Bulldogs’ 73-66 win over the Tigers.
Keith Bruce stands ready in rehearsal to ring his bell at the proper time (below). Photo by BEN KATZ

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   Murphy – Ann Payne hung around for a month-long encore to help transition the town she has helped run for 24 years into a new era.

   Murphy – A man attempted to run out of a local restaurant Sunday afternoon with the tip jar, but he was not going to get away that easily.

Multiple volunteer fire departments responded to a Wolf Creek home blaze on Dec. 28, but the house could not be saved, firefighters said.

   Wolf Creek – The fire at Kathie Palladino’s house on Dec. 28 resulted in a total loss of her home and possessions.

Sports for Subscribers

C.J. Anderson (left) and Collin Davis scramble for a loose ball Jan. 2 at Andrews, as Wildcat Landon White moves in to stake his claim. Photo by KEVIN HENSLEY

   Andrews – There is no denying it: the Hiwassee Dam Eagles are playing some great basketball right now.

Murphy’s Curt Brown keeps a close eye on Lumpkin County’s Gus Faulkner (20) on Dec. 27. Brown recorded 18 points at Rosman on Friday night, which played a key role in the Bulldogs’ 73-66 win over the Tigers.

   Rosman – The Murphy basketball program scored a pair of crucial conference victories last week.
   And they did it in two tough environments.

Murphy’s Kyle Wright (160 pounds) plans his next move against Rosman’s Justin Mason on Friday night at Murphy High School. The Bulldogs went on to drop the dual 42-34.  Photo by KEVIN HENSLEY

   Murphy – There is only so much room for error in a conference dual.

Obituaries

    Mrs. Maxine “Max” Clara Smith Jones Mettier, 81, of Blairsville, Ga., passed away on Wednesday, Jan.

    Joanne Lawson Siebert, 79, of Murphy, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, after a short illness.

    Maxine “Max” Clara Mettier, 81, of Blairsville, Ga., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Brazelton, Ga., following an extended illness.

Celebrate Cherokee

Michelle Lloyd, Savanna Gladden and Amber Gilreath (from left) pose for a graduation selfie during Tri-County Community College’s graduation ceremony in spring 2017.

   52 Things to Celebrate About Cherokee County: No. 2 – Tri-County Community College

An era ended Sunday night, as the 24th Possum Drop in Brasstown turned out to be the last one. Photo by BEN KATZ

52 Things to Celebrate About Cherokee County: No. 1 – The Possum Drop