Art Millican of Blairsville, Ga., said he devotes his time to creating beautiful and creative works of art. “It just brings smiles to people and opens up their imaginations.” Photo by Ben Katz
After many years of service to Murphy Presbyterian Church, the sheriff’s office and the greater Cherokee County community, pastor Alan Wildsmith will be retiring from the pulpit after Sunday morning. Photo by BEN KATZ
Lined up behind the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners are individuals honored Monday night for their efforts in helping clean up litter. Honorees who attended include Dr. Jeana Conley, Dustin Smith, Gary Chamberlain, Sherri Baker, Sandra Daley, Beverly Chastain, Susan Steiner, Regina Chastain, Kerry Archer, Nancy Woodard, Sue Fredrich, Thomas Graham, Mike Finnegan, Clint Wooten, Mark Thigpen and Chris Lazlo (from left).
Andrews’ Tiffany Holloway, Hiwassee Dam’s Zoey Jacobsen and Murphy’s Emma Stroup (from left) joined forces for Saturday’s Blue-White All-Star Game. Photo by KEVIN HENSLEY
Murphy junior Carly Hopkins broke the Murphy High School girls’ record for the shot put at the first conference meet of the season Thursday at Andrews.
Hiwassee Dam senior Kailey Wiggins squares around for a bunt attempt Thursday at Copper Basin, Tenn. The Lady Eagles are just one win away from compiling a two-year, regular-season 44-game winning streak. Photo by GLENN HARBISON/The News Observer

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    Murphy – Cherokee County commissioners have renewed their interest in pushing forward state legislation to enable them to carry concealed weapons in the courthouse, and they ma

    Franklin – The mystery continues surrounding the nearly six-year-old murder of John Newton, but there finally may be some light at the end of the tunnel.

After many years of service to Murphy Presbyterian Church, the sheriff’s office and the greater Cherokee County community, pastor Alan Wildsmith will be retiring from the pulpit after Sunday morning. Photo by BEN KATZ

    Murphy – Alan Wildsmith is a rare bird in religious circles.

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    Ranger – In their first track meet at Andrews High School on Thursday, some Hiwassee Dam team members were competing on a real track and using official field event facilities f

    Murphy – Spectators at Bob Hendrix Memorial Stadium were treated to a rarity Monday night – an inter-county girls soccer match.

    Murphy – With non-conference action out of the way, the Murphy Lady Bulldogs (3-1) are tuned up for conference play.

Obituaries

    Margaret Alfrieda “Frieda” Mathis Taylor, 69, of Andrews, passed away Monday, March 20, 2017, after a brief illness. She was at home surrounded by her children.

    James Donald Walker, 83, of Murphy, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Mission Hospital in Asheville.

    Maggie Marie Owl, 91, of Murphy, passed away Friday, March 17, 2017, at Murphy Medical Center.