Murphy Mayor Rick Ramsey is sworn in by Clerk of Court Roger Gibson as his Ramsey's wife Janet holds the Bible at Monday's town meeting. Photo by BEN KATZ
Outgoing Murphy mayor Bill Hughes holds a plaque he received from the town during a reception in his honor on Nov. 28. Photo by BEN KATZ
George and Hortense Michelsen are retiring from bingo duties at the Ranger Community Center after one last game Friday night. Photo by BEN KATZ
Mary (Shanna Garrett) looks onto baby Jesus (Joselynn Garrett) with Joseph (Robert Garrett) in a manger scene in front of First Baptist Church’s Singing Christmas Tree.
Murphy senior running back Kadrian McRae had other plans for Mount Airy’s Grayson Corbin on Friday night.
Staff Sgt. Steven Black of Murphy says goodbye to Kim Black, a former member of the N.C. National Guard’s 210th Military Police Co., as the group prepares to deploy Sunday afternoon. Photo by QUINTIN ELLISON/Sylva Herald

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   Martins Creek – A teenager is accused of inflicting injuries on a 15-week-old infant.

   Peachtree – Tri-County Community College President Donna Tipton-Rogers believes the college could lose as much as 20 percent of its students because of a state mandate that forc

New Murphy Mayor Rick Ramsey presides over his first meeting with the town council (clockwise from bottom): Karen Watson, Barbara Hughes, Noland Smith, Gail Walker Stansell, Barry McClure and Frank Dickey, along with town attorney Mack Cowan and Town Manager Ann Payne. Photo by BEN KATZ

   Murphy – Bill Hughes did not hang around for Monday’s town meeting. He just wanted to hold the Bible while his wife, Barbara, was sworn in as a new town council member.

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Murphy senior running back Kadrian McRae had other plans for Mount Airy’s Grayson Corbin on Friday night.

   Mount Airy – It just wasn’t Murphy’s night.
   The Bulldogs traveled to Mount Airy on Friday night, with a state title game bid just one win away.

Hiwassee Dam’s Eden Shaffer cuts around a Fannin County defender on Nov. 18.

   Hiwassee Dam – Tough, rivalry games were on the docket for Hiwassee Dam basketball last week.

   Murphy – The Murphy basketball program certainly got its fair share of action Nov. 29.


    Elmer Williamson Jr., 57, of Murphy, passed away Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, at his residence.
    A memorial service will be held at a later date.

    Sara Parrish Nosti of Hayesville passed away Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in a Clay County care facility, just 19 days shy of her 91st birthday on Christmas Eve.

    Warner Mercer, 80, of Murphy, passed away Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at Murphy Medical Center.
    Services are planned at a later date.