Contact Us

The Cherokee Scout, your local newspaper since 1889, has been a fixture in downtown Murphy, North Carolina, for generations. The Scout, which also operates the only newspaper press plant in Cherokee County, moved into its facility in 2008.

Mailing address: P.O. Box 190, Murphy, NC 28906
Street address: 89 Sycamore St., Murphy, NC 28906

The Scout's office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding some holidays. Your hometown newspaper prints every Tuesday and is delivered to homes on Wednesday.

General information:

Phone number: 828-837-5122
Fax number: 828-837-5832
News Email:
Display advertising Email:
Classified advertising Email:
Circulation Email:


David Brown has been publisher of the Cherokee Scout and the Murphy Region of Community Newspapers Inc. since March 2003. He oversees all operations of the local newspaper and Scout Press plant as well as supervisingThe Andrews Journal, the Clay County Progress in Hayesville, The Graham Star in Robbinsville and The News Observer in Blue Ridge, Ga. He also heads the Scout's editorial board. Email:


Matthew Osborne has been editor of the Scout since June 2014 after first joining CNI as a sports writer in 2000, then serving as publisher/editor of The Graham Star from 2003-05. He oversees all aspects of news coverage. Email:

Charlene Kephart has been community editor of the Scout since January 2007. She has worked at the local newspaper since 1977 in a variety of roles, including staff writer, sports editor and copy editor. Email:

Dwight Otwell has been a staff writer for the Scout since December 2007. His primary coverage areas are education and human interest stories. Email:

Tom Bennett has been The Far Blue Mountains columnist for the Scout since February 2008. Email:

Wally Avett has been Hillbilly Ranger columnist for the Scout since 2013. Email:

Samantha Sinclair has been Scouting Around columnist for the Scout since June 2015. Email:

Kelsey Richardson has been a staff writer for the Scout since May 2016. Her primary coverage areas are Andrews and lifestyle stories. Email:
Kevin Hensley has been a staff writer with the Scout since August 2016. His primary coverage areas include all area sports and recreation. Email:
Ben Katz has been a staff photographer with the Scout since May 2016. Email:


Donna Cook has been advertising sales manager of the Scout since February 1982 after coming to work at the local newspaper in August 1976. Email:

Dave Stevens has been an advertising sales associate for the Scout since June 2012. Email:

Art & Design:

Christy Guthrie became composition manager of the Scout in June 2011 after working a variety of positions at the local newspapers since 1997. Email:

Ann Koles has been a graphic artist with the Scout since April 2014. Email:

Newspapers in Education:

Ann Koles has been NIE coordinator of the Scout since August 2014. Email:

Bookkeeping & Circulation:

Ann Oliver has worked with the Scout since October 1989 as a bookkeeper, circulation manager and front office assistant. Email:

Front Office:

Donna Getch has been front office manager of the Scout since September 2013 after coming to work at the local newspaper in August 2004. Email:

Debbie Dills has been a front office assistant at the Scout since November 2013. Email:



Jimmy Robinson has been foreman of the Scout Press since March 1980 after coming to work at the local newspaper in March 1979.

Danny Hughes has been production director of Scout Press and handled delivery for the Scout and Clay County Progress since April 1984. Email:

David Earwood has been a press worker at Scout Press since April 1996.


Donna Brown has been inserting manager of the Scout since September 2007 after coming to work at the local newspaper in November 2004, then being promoted to assistant inserting manager in November 2006.

Robert Duncan, inserter

William Dow, inserter

Shirlene Golden, inserter

Ruth Hamby, inserter

Ann Mingus, inserter

Sheena Spiva, inserter

Laura Plemmons, delivery

Barry Getch, delivery