Martins Creek Principal Paul Wilson (right) is shown with soil and water conservation poster winners Darian Aguilar and Jenna Cook last year, along with teacher Kathy Casey. Peggy Cook/Contributing Photographer
Diane Brown teaches Karoline Suggs how to swim. Suggs’ favorite part? “Jumping into the water!” Photo by Ben Katz
The N.C. Department of Transportation plants these annual exotic non-invasive sunflowers. Such plantings may be an exception to the new native plant law. Photo by Ben Katz
Murphy’s Yousef Mugharbil (front) has  plenty of college offers, but he is focusing on improving himself and helping his  Bulldogs succeed this year. Photo by Ben Katz
Growing up, Bass Hyatt used horses to plow fields, but today he opts for the tractor. Photo by Ben Katz
Blake Williams (right) battles Ryan Bender during a performance of William Shakespeare’s Complete Works, Abridged at Hall Park in Andrews on Aug. 31, 2018. Photo by Ben Katz

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    I’ve always been a proponent for generic medications because they are more affordable and supposedly contain the same biologically active ingredient.

N.C. Rep. Kevin Corbin is working on a bill to allow rural counties to expand broadband internet infrastructure. Photo by Ben Katz

    Raleigh – If a pending bill in the state House of Representatives passes, it will be up to rural counties like Cherokee to seek grants and local funds to improve broadband infr

    Andrews – Leatherwood water storage tank has served its useful life.

Truck trailers longer than 35 feet are no longer allowed on North Church Street in downtown Murphy.

    Murphy – Town council passed an ordinance last week prohibiting large truck-trailer drivers from accessing North Church Street.

    Murphy – Town council amended an ordinance last week allowing lawmakers to waive the requirement for separate water connections in newly constructed apartment complexes.

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    Elizabethton, Tenn. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. was taken to a hospital after his plane crashed in east Tennessee.

Andrews’ Gage Gillespie runs through a shuttle drill under the watch of assistant coach Jason Johnson during the first day of practice Aug. 1. Photo by Matthew Osborne

    Andrews – Gage Gillespie is used to going fast, whether it’s on the track, in the pool or on the football field.

Murphy’s Yousef Mugharbil (front) has  plenty of college offers, but he is focusing on improving himself and helping his  Bulldogs succeed this year. Photo by Ben Katz

    Murphy – After a spring and summer of seeing college campuses across the Southeast, Yousef Mugharbil is happy to be back to business.

Andrews’ James Cable runs through a tackling drill on the first day of varsity practice Thursday morning. Photo by Matthew Osborne

    Andrews – Coach James Phillips does not have time to worry about who is not playing for the Wildcats this year.

Murphy’s head coach David Gentry, back for his 36th season with the Bulldogs, barks out instructions to his players on the first official day of practice Thursday. Photo by Ben Katz

    Murphy – Thursday marked the first Murphy High School varsity football practice of the year.


    Carmoleta Pearl Holtzclaw, 87, passed away Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in Decatur, Ind.  
    She was born Oct. 27, 1931, in Murphy to the late Lenice and Verlin (Burl) Poteet.

    Donald Leon Sosebee, 76, of Marble, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019.

    Rev. Harry Hawk, 85, of Andrews, passed away Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in an Andrews care facility.
    Harry was a native of Cherokee County, where he lived most of his life.

Celebrate Cherokee

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 


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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.

The Cherokee Scout

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Murphy, NC 28906
Phone: 828-837-5122
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