The Hiwassee Valley Pool and Wellness Center is hoping to find a workable financial model for the future.
Mylie Sparks and Evan West perform “The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree” at the Valleytown Cultural Arts Center in Andrews. The theater is home to many annual art events and outstanding theater productions. Photo by BEN KATZ
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Murphy senior quarterback Joey Curry (center, seated) has finally made his post-high school plans – he will attend Western Carolina University in nearby Cullowhee as a preferred walk-on for the Catamounts. Seated with Joey are parents Tawyna (left) and Rich. Standing in back is the Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator, Joseph Watson (left), and longtime head coach David Gentry.
Keith Wood, Agriculture Agent for Cherokee County’s N.C. Cooperative Extension, drills holes into logs to place mushroom spores Friday at the Mountain Folk Center.

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Jonathan Cowan celebrates Valentine's Day by giving a rose to every young lady at school. Photo by BEN KATZ

   Murphy – Dressed in his gray blazer and purple tie, 7-year-old Jonathan Cowan waited patiently to present every girl at Murphy Elementary School with a single rose on Valentine’

   Murphy – Two school board members want to be commissioners. Two law enforcement officers want to be school board members.

The dome remains up over the Hiwassee Valley Pool & Wellness Center, despite the fact that the pool is closed until May. Photo by BEN KATZ

   Murphy – The pool in the Hiwassee Valley Pool & Wellness Center at Konehete Park will be closed until May after repeated damage to the heating units.

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Murphy senior quarterback Joey Curry (center, seated) has finally made his post-high school plans – he will attend Western Carolina University in nearby Cullowhee as a preferred walk-on for the Catamounts. Seated with Joey are parents Tawyna (left) and Rich. Standing in back is the Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator, Joseph Watson (left), and longtime head coach David Gentry.

   Murphy – The wait is over.

Defensive pressure from Brianna Moore (10) and Kaiya Pickens (3) trap Hayesville’s Annie Brooks in the second quarter of Monday’s semifinal tournament game.

   Murphy – Playing the conference tournament on your home court has its perks.

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   The team of Grace Hill, Natalie Graves, Peyton Wood and Cameron Rice (from left) finished third in the 4x800 meter relay at the N.C.

Obituaries

    Grace Bowman Mauldin, 86, of Murphy, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in an Atlanta, Ga., hospital.

    Frank Lamarr Mathis Jr. “P-nut,” 55, of Murphy, passed away Wednesday, Feb.14, 2018, in a Chattanooga, Tenn., hospital.

    Virginia “Jeanne” Kelsey, 55, of Murphy, passed away Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018.

Celebrate Cherokee

Mylie Sparks and Evan West perform “The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree” at the Valleytown Cultural Arts Center in Andrews. The theater is home to many annual art events and outstanding theater productions. Photo by BEN KATZ

52 Things to Celebrate About Cherokee County: No. 7 – Valleytown Cultural Arts Center 

The Murphy RiverWalk is a picturesque place of great beauty in spring. Photos by BEN KATZ

  52 Things to Celebrate About Cherokee County: No. 6 – The Four Seasons

Visitors to the Cherokee County Historical Museum in downtown Murphy can find a large amount of information about the Cherokee and early natives of the area, as well as the logging that took place at the beginning of the 20th century.

  52 Things to Celebrate About Cherokee County: No. 5 – Historical Museum