Lochlainn Ledford and Pat Ackerman reunite one week after the young Ledford’s persistence to see his friend helped save Ackerman’s life. Photo by BEN KATZ
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.
Tony Jensen inspects his new wheels with Rick June (right) of Warriors Veteran Outreach and Larry Thunder Wolf Limon of the American Legion (center). Photo by BEN KATZ
Murphy’s Dallas Rayburn (71) and Chase Roberts (40) sandwich Robbinsville quarterback Landon Orr during the second quarter of Friday night’s game. Photo by KEVIN HENSLEY
The Murphy Bulldogs celebrate with their 1A Western Regional Championship plaque, after defeating Robbinsville 28-6 for the crown Friday night on David Gentry Field. Seated in front are Reid Beal (left) and Micah Nelson. Standing in back (from left) are Nick Wells, Slade McTaggart, Kaitlynn Wheaton, Robert Bodine, Kyle Wright, Elias Tefft, Christian Gentry, Hunter Shope, Patrick Allen, Barron Srabian, Hayden Phillips, Hunter Cornwell and K.J. Allen. Photo by BEN KATZ
Hundreds of people gathered at the intersection of Hiwassee and Valley, Peachtree and Tennessee streets for the Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in downtown Murphy on Sunday evening. Photo by BEN KATZ

News for Subscribers

    Peachtree – Joey Shore of Culberson was selected Thursday night as the seventh member of the Cherokee County Board of Education thanks to a favorable coin toss.

    Murphy – An indictment was handed down by the grand jury last week in the 2016 robbery of the BB&T bank on U.S. 64 West.

    Murphy – A former Martins Creek resident accused of molesting a young girl in 2016 saw all charges dismissed in Superior Court last week.

Sports for Subscribers

Hiwassee Dam’s Katie Gibson nabs a  rebound Nov. 30 against Blue Ridge. Photo by BEN KATZ

    Hiwassee Dam – The Lady Eagles have reversed their fortunes as of late.

Murphy’s Dallas Rayburn (71) and Chase Roberts (40) sandwich Robbinsville quarterback Landon Orr during the second quarter of Friday night’s game. Photo by KEVIN HENSLEY

    Durham – It will be Murphy’s sixth state championship appearance of the decade Saturday, as the Bulldogs will travel to Wallace Wade Stadium, on the campus of Duke University,

The Murphy Bulldogs celebrate with their 1A Western Regional Championship plaque, after defeating Robbinsville 28-6 for the crown Friday night on David Gentry Field. Seated in front are Reid Beal (left) and Micah Nelson. Standing in back (from left) are Nick Wells, Slade McTaggart, Kaitlynn Wheaton, Robert Bodine, Kyle Wright, Elias Tefft, Christian Gentry, Hunter Shope, Patrick Allen, Barron Srabian, Hayden Phillips, Hunter Cornwell and K.J. Allen. Photo by BEN KATZ

    Murphy – It went exactly as predicted: smash-mouth, hard-nosed football between the top two teams in the West.

Obituaries

    Alvin “Cider” Alden Adams, 75 of Andrews, passed away Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, at his residence.

    Jimmie Lee Warner, 83, died at his home in Murphy about 6 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26, 2018.

    Donald Wayne “Don” Reavis, 79, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend to many, passed on to glory Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018.

Celebrate Cherokee

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 

The singing Christmas Tree by Murphy First Baptist Church is a local staple of the holidays.

   52 Things to Celebrate About Cherokee County: No. 49 – Singing Christmas Tree

Nicole Lipson gives her son Corbin a boost to see everyone gathered in Murphy to see the Christmas tree lighting last year. Photo by BEN KATZ

   52 Things to Celebrate About Cherokee County: No. 48 – Christmas Parades

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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.