Aly Jordan sings to Haylee Smiley during a birthday concert at Murphy High School last week. Photo by BEN KATZ
Murphy senior Emma Stroup (right) receives her 1,000-point commemorative ball from coach Ray Gutierrez on Tuesday night. Photo by KEVIN HENSLEY
Michael Jones works out at  the Hiwassee Valley Pool  and Wellness Center. Photo by BEN KATZ
Jan David Barnett, 54, of Peachtree
Murphy Police Chief Justin Jacobs and local litter activist Gary Chamberlain picked up 43 bags of trash on Saturday along a stretch of U.S. 64 near Walmart.
The Murphy Lady Bulldogs pose with the 2016-17 Smoky Mountain Conference tournament bracket and championship, moments after clinching a 64-58 win over Cherokee Friday at Hayesville.

News Stories

Aly Jordan sings to Haylee Smiley during a birthday concert at Murphy High School last week. Photo by BEN KATZ

    Murphy - Like the first flowers of spring, local musician Aly Jordan filled Murphy High School’s special education classroom with vibrancy and joy on Friday.

Michael Jones works out at  the Hiwassee Valley Pool  and Wellness Center. Photo by BEN KATZ

    Murphy – The Hiwassee Valley Pool & Wellness Center has been on a probation of sorts for the last two years.

Jan David Barnett, 54, of Peachtree

    Peachtree – A county resident allegedly ran over two dogs with his truck right in front of a Cherokee County Sheriff’s deputy, leading to his arrest.

Sports

Murphy senior Emma Stroup (right) receives her 1,000-point commemorative ball from coach Ray Gutierrez on Tuesday night. Photo by KEVIN HENSLEY

   Hayesville – The 1,000-point threshold is difficult for any athlete to attain in high school basketball.

The Murphy Lady Bulldogs pose with the 2016-17 Smoky Mountain Conference tournament bracket and championship, moments after clinching a 64-58 win over Cherokee Friday at Hayesville.

    Hayesville – The only team the Murphy Lady Bulldogs lost to in the regular season was Cherokee, who defeated Murphy twice.

Members of the Hiwassee Dam girls varsity Little Smoky Mountain Conference champions for 2016-17 are (from left) McKenzie Haney, Erika Sena, Izzy Malinowski, Zoey Jacobsen, Eden Shaffer, Brittany Davis, Jenna Bandy, Savannah Wills, Alexis Finlay, Sharon Morrow, Kenda Roberts, Maci Sena and coach Chase Phillips. Kneeling in front with trophy is Alysha Floyd (left) and Kailey Wiggins.

    Hiwassee Dam – Hiwassee Dam will soon have to construct a new trophy case in its gymnasium.

Obituaries

    Mildred Faye Canipe Radford, 70, of Murphy, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, at Murphy Medical Center Nursing Home.

    Edward Allen, 87, of Hayesville, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at the Hayesville House.
    He was born in Queens County, N.Y., to the late Ernest and Anna Doherty Allen.

    Robert Lee Jones, 83, of the Anthony Branch Community in Robbinsville, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at his residence.