Murphy's Jessica Beckner (15) prepares to thwart a potential Zoey Jacobsen (22) basket, during a game last year against Hiwassee Dam.
The future of Cherokee County schools is being debated, as the school board is formulating a long-term plan. Photo by BEN KATZ
Scammers prey on  elderly residents in Cherokee County with all kinds of ridiculous hustles and made-up stories. Photo Illustration by BEN KATZ
With Elias Tefft (63) in pursuit, Murphy’s Hunter Cornwell (60) looks to break up a fourth-quarter pitch from Gilmer quarterback David Smith (7) to Blake Buntin (4) during Friday night’s home game against the Bobcats. Photo by KEVIN HENSLEY
Jenny Bennett loves to spin alpaca fibers because "I like that you can take something amorphous like alpaca fiber and make it into something strong." Photo by BEN KATZ
Ray Noland addresses the gathered at Broken Shells Ministries for their September 11th Evening of Prayer for Country and Community. Photo by BEN KATZ

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   Murphy – Commissioner C.B. McKinnon insisted early Monday night that everyone who responded to his Facebook query said they did not want a leash law in Cherokee County.

The configuration of campuses like Murphy High School could be drastically different in the coming years, depending on Cherokee County Schools’ long-term plan for local classrooms. Photo by BEN KATZ

   Murphy – The school board is considering a two high-school scenario in its long-term plans, with one built in the eastern part of Cherokee County and one in the west.

Scammers prey on  elderly residents in Cherokee County with all kinds of ridiculous hustles and made-up stories. Photo Illustration by BEN KATZ

   Murphy – Grandparents beware, because the next phone call from a grandchild actually might be a scam artist in disguise.

Sports for Subscribers

Murphy senior Peyton Wood is headed to Western Carolina to run track and cross country.

   Murphy senior Peyton Wood committed to run both cross-country and track f

Murphy's Jessica Beckner (15) prepares to thwart a potential Zoey Jacobsen (22) basket, during a game last year against Hiwassee Dam.

   Murphy – Jessica Beckner has reached a decision.

With Elias Tefft (63) in pursuit, Murphy’s Hunter Cornwell (60) looks to break up a fourth-quarter pitch from Gilmer quarterback David Smith (7) to Blake Buntin (4) during Friday night’s home game against the Bobcats. Photo by KEVIN HENSLEY

   Murphy – There was little the Gilmer Bobcats were able to do against the Murphy Bulldogs on Friday night.

Obituaries

    John Philip Fernandez, 47, of Murphy, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at his home.

    Ashley James, 33, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and formerly of Marble, passed away Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in a Nashville, Tenn., hospital.

    Susan Lenore Johnston Coleman, 81, of Hayesville, passed away Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at her residence.