Day Planner

    Deadline for submission of items for the community calendar is 3 p.m. Friday. Items received after that time will be set for the appropriate calendar the following week.

    Navy Seabee Veterans of America Island X-3 meets at 2 p.m. the second Friday each month at Blue Ridge St. in Blairsville, Ga. All Seabees and those who have served with Seabees are encouraged to attend. Call Keith Hunter at 904-733-8698 for details.

Aug. 15
    MANNA Foods will be distributed by volunteers from Andrews Seventh-Day Adventist and Grace Fellowship Baptist churches from noon-1:15 p.m. Thursday, at the Andrews Senior Center on corner of Park and Main Streets. There will be fresh produce breads and baked goods. All are welcome. For details, call Raymond Denton at 835-2694.

Aug. 16
    Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce will hold AfterHours Networking from 5-7 p.m. today with Heritage Partners at the Murphy River Walk Pavilion near the Old Rock Gym in Murphy.

Aug. 16
    A customer appreciation celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the REACH Thrift Store, 1980 U.S. 64 West, Murphy. There will be free games, prizes, popcorn, drinks and fun for all ages. Profits from the REACH Thrift Store provide vital financial support for REACH of Cherokee County Inc. programs, and domestic violence and sexual assault victims and their children. For immediate assistance, call the crisis line at 837-8064. If in immediate danger or it is an emergency, call 911.
    The Recovery Alliance 7 County Western N.C. Community Summit will be held Friday in Bryson City. An invitation-only event, this summit will bring together leaders representing all sectors of this seven-county community to collaborate on finding solutions to the substance use disorder crisis. Leaders are urged to register and attend. If you are a non-profit agency in Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon or Swain counties including the Cherokee Indian Reservation, and would like to share printed informational material at this summit, mail it by Monday, Aug. 5, to Kaye B. McConnell, P.O. Box 2372, Bryson City, NC 28713. There will be a designated area to display your information.

Aug. 17
    Valley River Humane Society will have a fund raising/donation event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Walmart in Murphy. A tent will be set up near each entrance to collect items such as laundry detergent, bleach, Purina dry puppy/dog/kitten/cat food, canned puppy/dog/kitten/cat food, cat litter, dog harnesses and leashes, etc.
    Valley River Model Railroad Club will have open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Southern Caboose behind the L&N Depot in Murphy. Look for the blinking red railroad crossing sign and turn at the Farmers Market. The club is also looking for new members so ask any member about joining the club.
    MountainTrue invites everyone to a celebration of its recent merger with Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition from 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday at the Staurolite Farm Barn in the Trout Cove community of Brasstown. Live music will be provided by local favorite, Gnarly Fingers. Dancing is also an option. Admission is free, but RSVP online at: or by calling 837-5414.
    The Blairsville Cruisers Car Club’s monthly cruise-in will be held from 4-7 p.m. Saturday on the courthouse square in Blairsville, Ga. This family friendly event is free. There is no entry fee for vehicle to be enter in the event. Awards and trophies will be given.
    The Georgia Boot Reunion will be held Saturday in Blairsville, Ga., at Meeks Park Senior Center Pavilion, next to the college. They will eat about noon. Drinks, meat and paper products will be furnished. Bring your favorite side dish. If any questions, call Lorella Giacomelli at 706-745-6560.
    Marble Springs Masonic Lodge 439 AF&AM is having a spaghetti fundraiser dinner from 4-7:30 p.m. Saturday. The menu includes spaghetti with meat balls, salad, bread, dessert and a drink. Cost is $8 per person.
    Equinox Ranch in Cullowhee will hold a barbecue and square dance to showcase its newly renovated kitchen, living room and dining room, and to raise funds and awareness about the program. Once the renovations are complete, Equinox Ranch will offer treatment to help combat veterans suffering from PTSD rebuild their lives. Tickets to the dinner and dance are $20 for adults and $10 for children. The dance will begin at 5 p.m. For details about Equinox Ranch or to make a tax-deductible donation or purchase tickets to the square dance, visit

Aug. 19
    North Georgia Technical College Union County Adult Education offers daytime and evening classes Monday through Thursday, GED practice tests, prep classes, and ACCUPLACER remedial help. Work Source GA can assist with GED testing, childcare costs and a transportation stipend for eligible students. Managed enrollments will be held Monday, but walk-ins are welcome. An open house is scheduled for Tuesday. They are located beside the Union County Library at the Shirley Miller Building, 38 Blalock St. in Blairsville. For details, call 706-439-6342 or email

Aug. 20
    The Tri-County Democratic Women, which encompasses the counties of Cherokee, Clay and Graham, will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Haney’s Restaurant in Peachtree.  Cal Cunningham, former member of the N.C. Senate, has been invited as guest speaker. This month’s community outreach will be monetary donations for Appalachian Angels of the 30th Judicial District. For details, call 837-1906.
    North Georgia Tech’s adult education is having an open house from 10 a.m. to noon and 5-7 p.m. Tuesday in the college’s Shirley Miller Building, 38 Blalock St. in Blairsville, Ga. For details, call Victoria Caldwell at 706-439-6342.

Aug. 22
    The Growing Greens Production Workshop for Direct Market will be held Thursday, Aug. 22, at Murphy Middle School High Tunnel, 9554 U.S. 19 in Marble. There is no charge. Registration is required at Craig Mauney, area specialized agent, commercial fruit and vegetable production, will lead the group. All participants will receive a resource notebook and scouting lens to take home. For details, call Keith Wood, local agriculture Extension agent, at the Cherokee County Center, 40 Peachtree St. in Murphy, at 837-2210; or email him at
    The Coalition for a Safe and Drug Free Cherokee County will have its last coalition meeting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Andrews United Methodist Church, 101 Chestnut St. in Andrews. Speakers will be: Patti Tiberi, Justin Wilson and Andrews Chief of Police Michael Hobgood. Lunch will be provided. For details, call Jenni Irwin, coalition director, at 837-0160, Ext. 3143.

Aug. 24
    The first ever Graham County Poker Run and Weiner Roast will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. Rain date is from 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. Register for the poker run at the town square in Robbinsville. The top prize offered will be $500. All proceeds will benefit the Graham County EMS. For details, call Sophia Paulos, Graham County economic development director, at 828-735-9912; email her at; or see

Aug. 31
    Team Gabriel’s bake/craft sale fundraiser will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Quality Inn, 138 Upper Valley River Lane in Andrews. All proceeds will go to Gabriel’s Journey with CLOVES Syndrome. For updates see the Facebook page “Team Gabriel’s Bake/Craft Sale.”
    Union County Farm Bureau, along with Union County Farmers Market, will have its 10th annual Tractor Show and Parade starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Union County Farmers Market in Blairsville, Ga. After the parade the farmers market will induct a new class of farmers and others involved in agriculture into the Union County Agriculture Hall of Fame. Go to the website for an application for details. For details about the tractor show and parade or the Agriculture Hall of Fame, call Mickey Cummings at 706-781-8802; call the Union County Farm Bureau at 706-745-6962; or go to the website For assistance, e-mail

Sept. 6
    Dr. Elaine Dilbeck, a trauma specialist, author, speaker, trainer and therapist, will present “Silent Screams 2019 Trauma Summit,” a PTSD and trauma educational summit for both professionals and the lay person, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6-7, at Comfort Inn and Suites in Blue Ridge, Ga. Vendors and sponsors are being sought for this event. For details, see online.
    First Citizens Bank will host “Community Shred Day” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Murphy Main, 22 Hiwassee St. in downtown. Dispose of old personal documents at no charge.

Sept. 7
    The 11th annual Regional 9/11 Awake America Prayer and Memorial Service will begin at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Fannin County Performing Arts Center, 360 Rebel Circle, Blue Ridge, Ga. Sarah Rogers will be the keynote speaker. All area youth are invited. For details, visit or call 706-374-6175.

Sept. 14
    “Every Day Veterans Day” 5k/10K and 1 mile walk/run will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. The event will begin and end at Grace Fellowship Baptist Church, 40 Beaver Creek Road in Andrews. For details, call 828-321-4929.

The Cherokee Scout

Mailing Address:
89 Sycamore St. 

Murphy, NC 28906
Phone: 828-837-5122
Fax: 828-837-5832