Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Gregory Lloyd of Murphy processes an F/A-18 Super Hornet circuit card assembly for shipping in the aviation supply office aboard the USS Ronald Reagan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Riggs
    Murphy native Gregory Lloyd is half a world away from home, working on the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.     Lloyd, 23, is a logistics specialist 3rd class stationed off Yokosuka, Japan. The USS Ronald Reagan is the only forward-... more
A view of the main sign for the Hanging Dog Recreation Area on Monday. Photo by RYAN REVOCK
    Hanging Dog – After a long bureaucratic battle, the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners has agreed to a deal in principle with the U.S. Forest Service to reopen Hanging Dog Campground on or around April 1.     The board approved a contract... more
Gabriel Veres, 4, uses his wand to point out Trevor, Neville Longbottom’s toad, during a scavenger hunt at the library for Harry Potter Book Night.
    As soon as she saw the flyer in school, Brenda Hammond knew she had to be there. The 15-year-old started reading the Harry Potter series of books two years ago for a bet, and has been obsessed ever since.     She, along with many others from... more
Investigators did a search at a Hill Top Road home and seized a large quantity of methamphetamine, as well as harvested marijuana and cash.
    Ranger – A long undercover operation into alleged drug trafficking ended Feb. 1 when a suspect was arrested by Cherokee County Sheriff’s deputies after a brief foot chase.     Marcus William Collier, 33, of Ranger had been under surveillance by... more
Murphy’s Emma Stroup (25) wrestles a loose ball away from Nantahala on Friday. Photo by RYAN REVOCK
    Highlands – The Murphy Lady Bulldogs used freshman Aubrey Clapsaddle’s big night to down Highlands on the road, 73-39 on Thursday, improving their record (8-13) overall for the season.     Clapsaddle was the driving force of the offense, racking... more
Rustic Artist Jo Kilmer cuts wood in her workshop on Jan. 29. At age 36, Kilmer made a decision to change her life and pursue art full-time. Watch her story at the link below.
Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Gregory Lloyd of Murphy processes an F/A-18 Super Hornet circuit card assembly for shipping in the aviation supply office aboard the USS Ronald Reagan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Riggs
A view of the main sign for the Hanging Dog Recreation Area on Monday. Photo by RYAN REVOCK
Gabriel Veres, 4, uses his wand to point out Trevor, Neville Longbottom’s toad, during a scavenger hunt at the library for Harry Potter Book Night.
Investigators did a search at a Hill Top Road home and seized a large quantity of methamphetamine, as well as harvested marijuana and cash.
Murphy’s Emma Stroup (25) wrestles a loose ball away from Nantahala on Friday. Photo by RYAN REVOCK

News Stories

Union County arrestees (clockwise from top left) J. Michael Gowder, G. David Gowder, James Heaton, Jamie Harkins, Virginia Harkins and Gail Gowder.

    Blairsville, Ga.

Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Gregory Lloyd of Murphy processes an F/A-18 Super Hornet circuit card assembly for shipping in the aviation supply office aboard the USS Ronald Reagan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Riggs

    Murphy native Gregory Lloyd is half a world away from home, working on the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

A view of the main sign for the Hanging Dog Recreation Area on Monday. Photo by RYAN REVOCK

    Hanging Dog – After a long bureaucratic battle, the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners has agreed to a deal in principle with the U.S.

Sports

Murphy's Canyon Lee (10) takes the ball to the net past Nantahala's Tristan Howard (30) and Colen Solesbee (4) on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 at Murphy. Photo by RYAN REVOCK

    Murphy – No other program has had to weather the storm as long as Murphy’s boys basketball team.

Murphy’s Emma Stroup (25) wrestles a loose ball away from Nantahala on Friday. Photo by RYAN REVOCK

    Highlands – The Murphy Lady Bulldogs used freshman Aubrey Clapsaddle’s big night to down Highlands on the road, 73-39 on Thursday, improving their record (8-13) overall for the season.

Obituaries

    Harry M. Trafford Jr., 97, of Andrews, passed peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015.

    Lisa Marie McClain, 44, of Andrews, died Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016.
    A memorial service will be held at a later date.

    A.V. Hardin, 90, of Andrews, died Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at his residence.