The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners recognized dozens of local residents at Monday’s meeting who have been part of efforts to pick up litter and beautify the area.

COUNTY NEWS: Anti-litter efforts honored

   Murphy – The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners recognized a long list of local residents and organizations that have been part of an anti-litter effort in the county over the last couple of years.
   Anti-litter activist Gary Chamberlain spearheaded the movement, working tirelessly to involved local government, schools and businesses in the efforts through the N.C. Litter-free Coalition.
   “What we are doing in the schools is the biggest reason we are going to make a difference,” Chamberlain said.
   Representatives of Andrews and Martins Creek middle schools were on hand with some of their students. Chamberlain had a large pasteboard with letters from Murphy Middle School students thanking the commissioners for helping fund anti-litter pamphlets.
   Martins Creek Elementary/Middle School Principal Paul Wilson brought members of his America the Beautiful Club, saying the cleanup efforts teach children responsibility and good values.
   In other county news Monday night:
   * The waste disposal site at Caney Creek will soon be open 24 hours, seven days a week, as the security camera system is set to go online this week.
   * The board decided to call in the bank note on John Glenn’s proposed Peachtree Manor project. The commissioners agreed to a grant partnership on a potential assisted living facility in Peachtree two years ago, but the county has not been notified that the project has come to fruition financially.
   Glenn was expected to attend Monday’s meeting to explain the situation, but he failed to show up for the third time since the county began asking questions. Calling in the bank note will enable the county to reimburse state grant money and not leave the taxpayers on the hook for any funds if the deal has fallen through.
   Commissioner Cal Stiles was the lone dissenting vote on calling in the note.
   * The county will make its veterans administration officer a full-time position from now on instead of part time.
   * Money from the quarter-cent sales tax was approved for Chromebook laptop computers for use by students in grades 3-5 in the amount of $90,000.
   * The board said credit card fuel pumps are coming to Western Carolina Regional Airport in Andrews to help planes passing through get gassed up without an attendant present. Richard Parker also stopped by the meeting to remind folks that the airport had a lot of good things going on, and it was worthy of their support.