Beth Thomason, Amber Dean, Darian McClure, Margaret White and Laura Plemmons (from left) spend their last couple of moments together before they graduate from Tri-County Community College on Friday.
Kaylee Cornelius, Mariah Austin and Madison Crisp (from left) strike a pose during Hiwassee Dam's prom on Saturday night at Hackney Warehouse.
Kids get soaked by the fire hose from one of Murphy Fire Department’s trucks at the end of the fire muster at Murphy High School.
Kids from across Cherokee County flooded into the Andrews Public Library for a Dr. Seuss Party in March.
Jacob Ensley (right) is this year’s valedictorian and vocational honor student at Hiwassee Dam High School. Cade Tipton is the salutatorian. The high school will graduate 42 students this year.
Tri-County Early College Valedictorian Joseph Miller and Salutatorian Taylor Hamby.

News for Subscribers

    Murphy – Two Cherokee County Detention Center employees were fired Friday after a swift investigation into an inmate’s claim that he was assaulted in the jail.

    Murphy – The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners are seeking a budget that is $3.3 million more than last year, but without a property tax increase.

Daughter and mother Alysha Floyd and Stephanie Harger (from left) graduate from Tri-County Community College on Friday. This fall they will start their first semester at Young Harris (Ga.) College.

    Peachtree – Students shared last goodbyes and excited glances before embarking on a new journey during Tri-County Community College’s graduation ceremony Friday night.

Sports for Subscribers

Murphy’s Katelyn Jones (22) works her way downfield Saturday night, as Thomas Jefferson’s Daniela Delta (6) sprints to keep up. The Lady Bulldogs advanced to the third round of the state playoffs with a 2-1 win over the Lady Gryphons.

    Murphy – A defensive struggle the likes of which Murphy had yet to see this season nearly doomed the Lady Bulldogs on Saturday night.

The Murphy Middle School Bulldogs celebrate after winning the Smoky Mountain Conference championship Monday night. In the front row (from left) are Nathaniel Diaz, John Ledford, Ty Laney, Jeremiah Dickey, Logan Hyde, Giovani Corrales, Kellen Rumfelt, Chase O’Dell and Joe Swain; in the back row (from left) are assistant coach Stacy Cornwell, Adam Sutton, Peyton Bodine, Dalton Daniels, Briggs Cornwell, Isiah Temple, Cole Laney, Brayden Rumfelt, Chandler Wood, Trynttden Moss and head coach Chris Rumfelt.

    Andrews – Two rain delays were not enough to deny the Murphy Middle School Bulldogs of a conference
championship.

Murphy’s Caleb Irwin (16) is pumped up after being mobbed by teammates following a leadoff homer in the bottom of the second Friday afternoon against Mount Airy. The starting pitcher for the Bulldogs, Irwin only allowed two hits to the Granite Bears in Murphy’s 13-0 second-round victory.

    Murphy – Two leadoff walks.
    That was enough to fire up Caleb Irwin.

Obituaries

    Lorraine V. Watson, 76, of Murphy, passed away Monday, May 14, 2018, in a Murphy care facility.

    Brooks Speer, 85, of Andrews, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2018, in a Clay County care facility.

    Thelma Elizabeth Jones, 91, of Andrews, passed away Friday, May 11, 2018, at her residence.
    She was a native of Haywood County and lived in the Andrews area most of her life.

Celebrate Cherokee

Kids from across Cherokee County flooded into the Andrews Public Library for a Dr. Seuss Party in March.

   52 Things to Celebrate About Cherokee County: No. 20 – Nantahala Regional Libraries

Crew members (from left) Felicia Pressley, flight nurse; Mike Van Beers, flight nurse; Shane Turner, flight paramedic; and Stephen Roach, pilot, are based at the Western Carolina Regional Airport to help carry those in need of medical services in Cherokee County and beyond.

   52 Things to Celebrate About Cherokee County: No. 19 – Western Carolina Regional Airport

Mike Lelone (right) talks about his pottery process during an Art Walk last year in downtown Murphy. Photo by BEN KATZ

  52 Things to Celebrate About Cherokee County: No. 18 – Murphy Art Walk