Logan Palmer and his father, Sheriff Derrick Palmer, keep a positive perspective on life amid his battle with McArdle disease. Photo by Ben Katz
Andrews sophomore Kabe Ellis sends up a floater during the first round of the 1A state playoffs against Union Academy on Feb. 26. Photo by Ben Katz
Frank Colontonio takes a minute to multi-task before making breakfast at Granieri’s on Main Street restaurant in downtown Andrews under the shadow of ol’ blue eyes, Frank Sinatra. Photo by Ben Katz
Some town workers were nearly up all night taking care of the water emergency, which closed a few businesses. Photo by Ben Katz
Wally Avett was a presenter at a reading night for kids at Martins Creek School.  Photo by Ben Katz
Lady Bulldogs freshman Torin Rogers soars past Avery County’s McKenzie Franklin on her way to the basket during the fourth round of the 1A state playoffs on March 5 in Newland.

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Ethan Hedrick learns how his donkey earned the name Mad Jeffry during Donkey Ball at Hiwassee Dam High School on Thursday night. Photo by Ben Katz

    Hiwassee Dam – Hiwassee Dam High School definitely lived up to the moniker of land of the free and home of the brave Thursday night, when Thurston Hamrick’s Professional Animal

    Raleigh – It was a stone-cold lock that it would happen; it was just a matter of when.

    Murphy – As the town prepares for the second annual Spring Festival on May 4, another parade idea was brought up at Monday night’s council meeting.

    Andrews – Perhaps it’s time to start from scratch.

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Following a home run in the bottom of the fourth, Murphy sophomore Dawson Hensley flashes a smile while being greeted by teammates during the Bulldogs’ 17-1 win over  Hiwassee Dam on March 12. Bennie Douthit/Contributing Photographer

    Murphy – The Bulldogs struck early and often March 12 against Hiwassee Dam, cruising to a big win in Murphy’s first conference clash of the season.

Hiwassee Dam senior Izzy Malinowski, shown making a connection against Swain County on March 7, hit the first Smoky Mountain Conference softball home run of the year in an 8-2 loss at Murphy on March 12. Photo by Kevin Hensley

    Murphy – The first meeting between the Murphy Lady Bulldogs and the Hiwassee Dam Lady Eagles certainly lived up to the hype.

Andrews’ Karlie Curtis (right) looks to beat the throw to second base at Robbinsville on March 12. Photo by Byron Housley

    Robbinsville – With weather and the school’s trip to Washington playing heavily into last week’s schedule, the Andrews High School baseball and softball teams were limited to j

Murphy senior defender Jaden Minary uses her head to keep the ball in Lady Bulldogs’ territory Thursday night against Swain. Photo by Kevin Hensley

    Murphy – If you’re a soccer fanatic, this was the match for you.

Courtney Viar of Madison, Tenn., rides Mo through the Poles competition during a Battle Lines Barrel Racing Series event at the Nora Starks Memorial Arena in Ranger on Sept. 1, 2018. Photo by Kevin Hensley

    Ranger – The Cherokee County Saddle Club is hoping for a bigger and better future.


    Laura Mae Postell, 80, of Franklin, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 10, 2019.

June 19, 1929-Feb. 22, 2019
    Rev. Dr. William Joseph “Bill” Thompson, 89, of La Grange, N.C., was called home to his Heavenly reward on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019.

    Sue Peace Wayman, age 97, of Murphy, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

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The Town of Murphy and surrounding area as seen from an aerial view earlier this year. Photo by BEN KATZ

   52 Things to Celebrate About Cherokee County: No. 52 – Our Mountain Lifestyle

Natalie and Madison King got to Shop With a Cop (in this case Murphy police Officer Samuel Allen, foreground) on Saturday, getting Christmas presents for themselves and their families. Photos by BEN KATZ

   52 Things to Celebrate About Cherokee County: No. 51 – Christmas Charities

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 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.

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Murphy, NC 28906
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