Volunteers Jane Haddow (left) and Michelle Hester (right) work with Georgia Francis in underwater scuba therapy. Photo by DAVID LAWRENCE

The August 9 edition of the Cherokee Scout is out ... Scuba camp helps youngsters, Mystery woman arrested after shootout and plenty more

   Seven people entered a realm of weightlessness, void of outside distractions and the burden of gravity during Scuba Camp last week.
   Held from Aug. 1-4 at the Hiwassee Valley Pool & Wellness Center, the program provided an outlet for people with special needs or disabilities to not only have fun, but undergo underwater therapy. The Scuba Camp program – offered by The Scuba Gym of Winter Garden, Fla. – caters to everyone ages 8 and up who have any type of special needs, from Down syndrome to cerebral palsy.
   In addition to spring and summer camps in Florida and Murphy, The Scuba Gym gives weekly underwater therapy 
sessions.
   “The benefit of underwater therapy is that there’s no gravity, so there’s nothing pulling you down,” said David Lawrence, founder of The Scuba Gym. “We put people in positions underwater that gravity doesn’t let them succeed on land. We can let them walk, we can let them be whole.”
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   Other headlines in this week’s Cherokee Scout:
   * Harrah’s Valley River casino to expand, add amenities
   * Mystery woman arrested after shootout
   * County hopes for best with lantern bids
   * Murphy volleyball team expects big things in 2017

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