January 25, 2015
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The Cherokee Scout, your local newspaper since 1889, has been a fixture in downtown Murphy, North Carolina, for generations. The Scout, which also operates the only newspaper press plant in Cherokee County, moved into its facility in 2008.

Mailing address: P.O. Box 190, Murphy, NC 28906
Street address: 89 Sycamore St., Murphy, NC 28906

The Scout's office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding some holidays. Your hometown newspaper prints every Tuesday and is delivered to homes on Wednesday.

General information:

Phone number: 828-837-5122
Fax number: 828-837-5832
News Email: news@cherokeescout.com
Display advertising Email: advertising@cherokeescout.com
Classified advertising Email: classifieds@cherokeescout.com
Circulation Email: circulation@cherokeescout.com


David Brown has been publisher of the Cherokee Scout and the Murphy Region of Community Newspapers Inc. since March 2003. He oversees all operations of the local newspaper and Scout Press plant as well as supervisingThe Andrews Journal, the Clay County Progress in Hayesville, The Graham Star in Robbinsville and The News Observer in Blue Ridge, Ga. He also heads the Scout's editorial board. Email: dbrown@cherokeescout.com

Glenn Harbison has been associate publisher of the Scout since 1996 after first joining CNI in 1978. He shares responsibility for overseeing all operations of the Murphy Region and press plant, while also serving as publisher of The News Observer in Blue Ridge, Ga. Email: glenn@thenewsobserver.com.


Matthew Osborne has been editor of the Scout since June 2014 after first joining CNI as a sports writer in 2000, then serving as publisher/editor of The Graham Star from 2003-05. He oversees all aspects of news coverage. Email: editor@cherokeescout.com

Charlene Kephart has been community editor of the Scout since January 2007. She has worked at the local newspaper since 1977 in a variety of roles, including staff writer, sports editor and copy editor. Email: news@cherokeescout.com

Sarah Woodall has been a staff writer with the Scout since August 2014. Her primary coverage areas include all area sports and recreation. Email: swoodall@cherokeescout.com

Stacy Van Buskirk has been a staff writer with the Scout and Andrews Journal since mid-2012. Her primary coverage areas include Andrews and other local news. Email: scoutingaround@cherokeescout.com

Dwight Otwell has been a staff writer for the Scout since December 2007. His primary coverage areas include public safety and county government. Email: dotwell@cherokeescout.com

John Fowler has been sports photographer for the Scout since 1998. Email: sports@cherokeescout.com

Tom Bennett has been The Far Blue Mountains columnist for the Scout since February 2008. Email: farblumtn07@gmail.com

Wally Avett has been Hillbilly Ranger columnist for the Scout since 2013. Email: wallyavett@gmail.com

Scott Stambaugh has been an entertainment writer/columnist for the Scout since 2008. Email: sstambaugh@cherokeescout.com


Donna Cook has been advertising sales manager of the Scout since February 1982 after coming to work at the local newspaper in August 1976. Email: dcook@cherokeescout.com

Dave Stevens has been an advertising sales associate for the Scout since 2012. Email: dstevens@cherokeescout.com

Art & Design:

Christy Guthrie became composition manager of the Scout in June 2011 after working a variety of positions at the local newspapers since 1997. Email: cguthrie@cherokeescout.com

Ann Koles has been a graphic artist with the Scout since April 2014. Email: advertising@cherokeescout.com

Newspapers in Education:

Ann Koles has been NIE coordinator of the Scout since August 2014. Email: nie@cherokeescout.com

Bookkeeping & Circulation:

Ann Oliver has worked with the Scout since October 1989 as a bookkeeper, circulation manager and front office assistant. Email: circulation@cherokeescout.com

Front Office:

Donna Getch has been front office manager of the Scout since September 2013 after coming to work at the local newspaper in August 2004. Email: classifieds@cherokeescout.com

Debbie Dills has been a front office assistant at the Scout since 2013.


Jimmy Robinson has been foreman of the Scout Press since March 1980 after coming to work at the local newspaper in March 1979.

Danny Hughes has been production director of Scout Press and handled delivery for the Scout and Clay County Progress since April 1984. Email: cherokeepressplant@cherokeescout.com

David Earwood has been a press worker at Scout Press since April 1996.


Donna Brown has been inserting manager of the Scout since September 2007 after coming to work at the local newspaper in November 2004, then being promoted to assistant inserting manager in November 2006.

Tom Brown, inserter/delivery

Robert Duncan, inserter/press worker

Shirlene Golden, inserter

Ruth Hamby, inserter

William Hoyt, inserter

Laura Plemmons, delivery

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