Mark Barwick, assistant chief of the Culberson Volunteer Fire Department, cooks hamburgers during the fire station's open house/Independence Day party Saturday. He hands the burgers to Jeromy Barwick to take inside to the buffet table. Photo by SAMANTHA SINCLAIR

The July 5 edition of the Cherokee Scout is out ... Hughes vows this is last mayoral term, Fun and fireworks reign and more headlines

   With the filing period for town elections looming Friday, Mayor Bill Hughes said last week he is clear and happy with his decision to step aside after 20 years.
   However, no one has publicly declared their intentions to fill his shoes, making the filing period – which runs from this Friday until noon Friday, July 21 – that much more interesting.
   “I’m coming up on my 80th birthday, and I am definitely done,” Hughes said, squashing any inklings of a sixth term in office. “We need new blood, and I hope that the next person – whoever it is – will be a true public servant and not just another elected official.”
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   Other headlines in the Cherokee Scout this week:
   * One man’s trash is another man’s treasure;
   * Culbertson Fire Department starts the holiday off with a bang;
   * School budget waiting on gridlock in Raleigh;
   * Murphy basketball team scrimmages Highlands, Andrews.

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