Fireworks lit up the sky in Murphy, Andrews and Ranger this week. Photos by Ben Katz
Betsy Henn, who has taught art to young people for many years, still does so today at the Murphy Art Center. Photo by Ben Katz
Tim Ford demonstrates oil painting with pallet knife during Art Walk at the Murphy Art Center on Friday. Photos by Ben Katz
The Culberson Fire & Rescue Department recently got a new fire truck, showing it off during their annual Independence Day celebration Saturday night.
Murphy High School incoming senior Trinity Garrett is spending her summer at High Point University for the 2019 Governor’s School.
U.S. 64 West through Murphy will be widened starting in the fall. Photo by Ben Katz

News for Subscribers

    Debbie Dills, started working in the front office of the Cherokee Scout on Nov. 15, 2013, has been named the local newspaper’s newest sales associate.

With support from N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission staff, kids use a seine (net) to sample the fish community of Brasstown Creek during one of Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition’s CREEK – Creative & Recreational Environmental Education for Kids – summer day camps.

    Murphy – After a quarter-century of environmental success in Cherokee and surrounding counties, the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition is becoming part of a larger operation.

    Andrews – That didn’t last long.

    Andrews – The mayor has offered to provide a building free of charge to whoever lands the contract to operate the license plate agency currently in Murphy.

The pipe near the U.S. Forest Service offices has caused six spills since last fall. Photo by Ben Katz

    Murphy – After two more spills with a combined 3,500 gallons of untreated wastewater, the town is still looking for answers on how to make it stop.

Sports for Subscribers

Elliot Salinas and Rob Turner were among the 5K runners at the Compound on Saturday morning. Photos by Ben Katz

    Andrews – Runners were out in force early Saturday morning to help raise money for a team that could have big things in its future.

Class of 2018 Murphy High School graduate Cory Farmer has adopted an unusual, albeit task: journey from Murphy to Manteo on his mountain bike. Farmer plans to begin his trip in August.

    Murphy – When crossing the state line from Tennessee into North Carolina on U.S. 64 East, travelers are greeted with a sign that indicates “Manteo, 563.”

Line Drive Sports Academy held its grand opening Saturday, with the 10,000 square-foot facility including batting cages and even a birthday party area.

    Murphy – It seems to be a natural fit: batting cages and karate under the same roof.

Sabrina Clinard (front left) and Wayne Spong (front right) await the return from Gary Sears (back right) as Linda Knowles (back left) looks on during a friendly game of pickleball at Konehete Park on Friday. Photo by Kevin Hensley

    Murphy – Tennis and pickleball players will have a new surface to play on in Murphy in the next year, as the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners voted June 19 to completely

Flanked by television cameras, Murphy head coach David Gentry is all smiles after winning his 400th career game against Swain on Oct. 19. Gentry was inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame after press time. Photo by Kevin Hensley

    From state titles to thrilling upsets and personal accomplishments to deep playoff runs, there was no shortage of excitement in the Cherokee County high school sports arena this year.


    Lamont (Monty) Johnson, 62, of Murphy, passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2019, following an extended battle with cancer.
    Monty was a native of Warren, Mich., born in Detroit.

    Jerry A. Robinson, 75, of Hayesville, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2019, in a Clay County care facility.

    Oscar Terrell “Stoney” Stone, 92, of Murphy, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.

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 


    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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