Staff Sgt. Steven Black of Murphy says goodbye to Kim Black, a former member of the N.C. National Guard’s 210th Military Police Co., as the group prepares to deploy Sunday afternoon. Photo by QUINTIN ELLISON/Sylva Herald

The November 29 edition of the Cherokee Scout is out ... National Guard unit deploys, Sheriff looks to help protect churches, Dead body identified and more

   Sylva – Pride mixed with tears Sunday as hundreds of family, friends, veterans and local dignitaries packed Western Carolina University’s Bardo Center for a deployment ceremony in honor of the N.C. National Guard’s 210th Military Police Co.
   The 162 citizen-soldiers are headed to Guantánamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba to participate in detainee operations as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, N.C. National Guard Brigadier General Allen Boyette said.
   “With all the negative things that we hear so often in the world, you have volunteered to serve your fellow North Carolinians, your fellow Americans and the nation. You soldiers are exactly what is right with our country. You are America’s finest,” he told members of the 210th during the send-off ceremony.
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   Other headlines in the Cherokee Scout this week:
   * Sheriff offers plans to keep churches safe
   * County posts lease for wellness center
   * Dead body found in Andrews identified
   * Murphy dominated East Surry in third round

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