Daisy Smith, armed with proper eyewear, is ready to take part in the Great American Solar Eclipse on Monday afternoon. Are you?
Jim Hargus will be one of four pilots ready to shift into action at a moment’s notice on Life Force 6. Photo by BEN KATZ
Murphy junior Slade McTaggart takes a handoff from Joey Curry during a scrimmage against Asheville at A.C. Reynolds on Aug. 9. The Bulldogs are back in action at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Western Carolina University. Photo by KEVIN HENSLEY
Hay rides were part of the 2016 Cherokee County Fair in Ranger.
Murphy coach David Gentry talks to his players after a recent practice. Photo by KEVIN HENSLEY
Volunteers Jane Haddow (left) and Michelle Hester (right) work with Georgia Francis in underwater scuba therapy. Photo by DAVID LAWRENCE

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    The N.C. Litter-Free Coalition welcomes Natasha Raper to our anti-litter effort as our youngest “road warrior.”

    Benjamin Franklin, one of our nation’s Founding Fathers, is credited with saying, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” However, to some local residents “ov

The moon came in between the Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite and the sun (seen here in extreme ultraviolet light) and produced a partial solar eclipse from space. For 1 hour and 41 minutes, the Solar Dynamics team observed the lunar transit. This event only happens a few times a year.

   Murphy – Grab your solar eclipse glasses, and stock up on gas and groceries, because the highly anticipated Great American Total Eclipse is arriving Monday.

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Murphy senior running back Kadrian McRae strikes a pose during Friday’s scrimmage against North Murray. McRae will be a prominent member of a Bulldogs backfield that will face Pisgah on Thursday at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.

   Murphy – Following an unofficial victory over the Asheville Cougars in a scrimmage Aug. 9, it appeared the Murphy Bulldogs had found their swagger.

Hiwassee Dam junior Brittany Davis (right) prepares to challenge incoming freshman Chloe Roe during preseason practice Friday. Davis will join forces with a young Lady Eagles’ squad that includes only two seniors, but several players with varsity playing time under their belt.

   Hiwassee Dam – The Hiwassee Dam Lady Eagles volleyball team is prepared to face the obstacles that await them in the 2017 season.

Murphy coach David Gentry talks to his players after a recent practice. Photo by KEVIN HENSLEY

   Asheville – Slade McTaggart scored two rushing touchdowns and the Murphy defense took care of the rest.


    Frankie Nell Coleman Chastain, 80, of Murphy, passed away Monday, Aug.  14, 2017, at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tenn.

    Marlene Barbara Cofoid, 80, of Murphy, passed away Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, at her residence.

    Belva Jean Moss Parker, 78, of Hayesville, passed away Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tenn.