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Vote: Which WNC football team will win a state title in 2019?  Asheville Citizen-Times

The Citizen Times is asking its readers to vote for which WNC high school football team they believe will win a state title in 2019.

GRADUATION 2019: Murphy's top grads leave their mark  The Cherokee Scout

Murphy – After four years of dedicated work and studying, the Murphy High School Class of 2019 is about to graduate and begin the next phase of their lives.

Town of Murphy schools closed Monday, March 4  WLOS

According to Cherokee County Schools on Facebook, four schools in Murphy, N. C. will be closed on Monday, March 4. The post explains that the town of ...

The road to 400 wins: Murphy's David Gentry shares a look back at a prolific coaching career  Asheville Citizen-Times

The longtime Murphy football coach reflects on his past, present and future and how he made it to 400 career wins.

School officials: 'Evacuating Murphy HS stadium due to nearby shooting right call'  WRCB-TV

UPDATE: A high school football game was put on hold and the stadium evacuated when a murder suspect took off on foot less than a mile from where hundreds ...

Murphy High football game stopped & evacuated after reported nearby shooting  WLOS

UPDATE: On Saturday, Murphy police said the shooting was fatal, and a suspect is in custody. The Murphy High School Bulldogs and the North Georgia Falcons ...

SCOUTING AROUND: Danish dance team makes Murphy last stop on U.S. leg of tour  The Cherokee Scout

Murphy – The National Danish Performance Team is stopping by Cherokee County to present their all-new show before heading back to Europe on their world ...

Accused Murphy High School principal now on administrative leave without pay  WTVC

Administrators at Cherokee County Schools say Murphy High School's principal is now on administrative leave without pay.On January 26th, Thomas Graham ...

SCOUTING AROUND: Art Walk returns with new and familiar faces  The Cherokee Scout

Murphy – The rain stayed away for the first Art Walk of the year Friday night.

Murphy lineman picks up SEC offer  Asheville Citizen-Times

Add an SEC offer to a growing list of interest for Murphy sophomore lineman Yousef Mugharbil.

Murphy's Shope, Nelson make college football plans  The Cherokee Scout

Murphy – National Signing Day proved to be special for two Murphy High School football standouts. Both Hunter Shope and Micah Nelson signed to play ...

Murphy volleyball continues dominance of Hayesville  The Cherokee Scout

Hayesville – It took a lot of tenacity, but the Murphy Lady Bulldogs got the job done.

HOMECOMING 2018: Martin takes the crown  The Cherokee Scout

Ellie Martin was thrilled to have the crown placed on her head at Murphy's homecoming Friday night.

Murphy High School principal accused of indecent liberties with student  WLOS

The principal of Murphy High School is arrested on charges of indecent liberties.The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office says Thomas Graham is charged with two ...

High schoolers find joy in mentoring  The Cherokee Scout

Murphy – Every day Murphy High School senior Jillian Phillips visits Murphy Elementary School, Jason comes running out of his second-grade classroom to ...

UPDATE: Murphy High School principal indicted on two charges of indecent liberties with student  WRCB-TV

Cherokee County Schools has suspended Murphy High School Principal Thomas Graham in response to allegations of misconduct.

SCOUTING AROUND: Bulldog alum begins filming of 'Murphy'  The Cherokee Scout

Some people at Murphy High School's football game Friday night may have noticed a film crew present.

Winning state titles creates scheduling conflicts for Murphy  Asheville Citizen-Times

Murphy football coach David Gentry spends the winter months wearing out the numbers on his office telephone.

Murphy High principal suspended, faces sexual misconduct charges  Asheville Citizen-Times

Thomas Graham, Murphy High School principal, was suspended and later arrested on two charges of misconduct involving a student. The charges were sexual ...

Murphy girls claim 1A track title, edge East Carteret in final event  HighSchoolOT

The Murphy Bulldogs got a second-place finish in the final event of the meet, the 4x400 relay, to edge East Carteret 49.5-47.5 and claim the Bulldogs' second ...

Clapsaddle, Barolet make college choices  The Cherokee Scout

Murphy – Two Murphy High School seniors have chosen to continue their athletic pursuits at the next level. Aubrey Clapsaddle inked her name on the dotted ...

ELECTION 2018: Coffey faces school board challenge from Curtis  The Cherokee Scout

Coffey hopes another term on school board. Andrews – Tim Coffey waited until the absolute last moment to decide whether to run for another term on the ...

Dogs, Knights make fools out of MaxPreps rankings  The Cherokee Scout

Murphy – So, exactly how is that MaxPreps playoff ranking system working out? Well, Murphy lost one less game than Mitchell during the regular season, yet ...

Murphy's David Gentry to be inducted into national Hall of Fame  Asheville Citizen-Times

Murphy coach David Gentry has added another accolade to a career that includes seven state titles and 404 career wins.

Murphy's Mugharbil picks up ACC offer  Asheville Citizen-Times

Murphy sophomore lineman Yousef Mugharbil has picked up his first college offer.

Cherokee County saw scandals, successes in 2018  The Cherokee Scout

Ever is a long time, but 2018 may have been the busiest news year ever in Cherokee County.

School open house schedule set  The Cherokee Scout

Before the public school year begins Monday, Aug. 27, most area schools allow students and parents to stop by the campus for a special event to meet their ...

TRACK & FIELD: Cherokee hosts Smoky Mountain Conference meet  Cherokee One Feather

By SCOTT MCKIE B.P.. ONE FEATHER STAFF. The Smoky Mountain Conference Track & Field Championship meet was held at Cherokee High School on the ...

Commissioners: Gun sanctuary first of many in state, nation  The Cherokee Scout

Murphy – Two commissioners said Monday they believe a resolution declaring Cherokee County a gun sanctuary will sweep across the state and nation.

Murphy principal put on leave without pay during indecent liberties investigation  Asheville Citizen-Times

After allegations of indecent liberties with a student, Murphy High School Principal Thomas Graham is now suspended without pay.

2018 North Carolina High School Football State Championships  WLOS

2018 North Carolina High School Athletic Association Football State Championships (NCHSAA) Times by Venue: All times EST. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ...

Friday Football Frenzy -- A look back at the 2018 season  WLOS

When the high school football schedules came out in August, it was thought the playoffs would begin Friday night, Nov. 9. But Mother Nature had other plans.

WNC high school football: 2018 All-WNC Team  Asheville Citizen-Times

The Citizen Times has released its All-WNC football teams for the 2018 season.

SCOUTING AROUND: Murphy Elementary quilt resurfaces at thrift store  The Cherokee Scout

The minute she walked into the Re-Seller Thrift Store, Elaine Dumas knew the quilt hanging in the front entryway was the same one that used to hang in Murphy ...

Homicide at nearby store forced cancellation of Murphy football game  Asheville Citizen-Times

The incident at Nate's Country Store forced the evacuation of Murphy High School's Bob Hendrix Memorial Stadium during Friday night's football game.

SCOUTING AROUND: Leaders plan dinner to help Scouts  The Cherokee Scout

As Scouting continues to grow in Murphy, Nantahala District leaders and community leaders are planning a dinner to raise funds for area Boy Scouts of America ...

Cherokee County considers combining schools  WTVC

Crumbling, deteriorating schools moves one teacher to tears.Right now, school leaders in Cherokee County are weighing whether to consolidate schools they ...

Principal placed on leave after indecent liberties charge  Seattle Times

MURPHY, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina high school principal has been placed on administrative leave without pay after he was charged with taking indecent ...

SCOUTING AROUND: Bulldog cheerleader takes 'awesome' trip to London  The Cherokee Scout

Murphy's All-American cheerleader, Cami McClure, got to spend New Year's Day dancing to Janet Jackson's “Rhythm Nation” on the streets of London.

CROSS COUNTRY: CMS boys, girls take second in Conference Championship  Cherokee One Feather

By SCOTT MCKIE B.P.. ONE FEATHER STAFF. What started as a rainy, gloomy morning ended up as a sunny day full of wondrous clouds over the Cherokee ...

Martins Creek, Murphy middle, high litter competition winners  The Cherokee Scout

In 2016-17, the N.C. Litter-Free Coalition visited several Cherokee County Schools to discuss the negative effects of litter. We also encouraged a year-end ...

Kids enjoy Big Brothers Big Sisters fire muster  The Cherokee Scout

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cherokee County put on their third annual fire muster for kids with the help of Murphy Fire Department officials on Monday afternoon ...

SCOUTING AROUND: Middle Schools honor top students  The Cherokee Scout

Graduating from middle school can be a big deal in Cherokee County, as many students have gone to school in the same building since pre-kindergarten.

Championship weekend is set  Mount Airy News

CHAPEL HILL — The 105th edition North Carolina High School Athletic Association Football State Championships are set for this weekend. Nearly 400 high ...

Special Olympics come to Murphy Friday  The Cherokee Scout

Murphy – After a lengthy period of planning, the Far West Special OIympics have finally arrived.

Year in Review: Top 5 teams of 2018  Asheville Citizen-Times

The Citizen Times picks its Top 5 high school sports teams of 2018.

Antonio Moore, Northeastern take part in NCHSAA football championship media day | w/Video  The Daily Advance

Thursday, December 13, 2018. RALEIGH — Northeastern head football coach Antonio Moore was dressed for the occasion. With a white dress shirt, khaki pants ...

Officers finally corner wanted man after dangerous chase  The Cherokee Scout

Texana – The outbreak of high-speed chases in Cherokee County over recent weeks came to a head again Wednesday afternoon, when a wanted man from ...

Alabama native has her 'shot' in cast of 'Hamilton'

As a member of the ensemble and an understudy for three characters, Nikisha Williams performs in eight shows of the megahit musical per week.

EBCI students honored at Principal Chief’s Awards  Cherokee One Feather

The following students, all members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, were honored at the annual Principal Chief's Awards ceremony on Wednesday, ...

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Murphy's Wood commits to Western Carolina for track  The Cherokee Scout

Murphy senior Peyton Wood committed to run both cross-country and track for Western Carolina on Thursday. “It feels amazing,” Wood said. “I never dreamed ...

Times, dates set for NC high school football state championships

Games are being held at NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Duke.

Jack Coleman  Cleveland Daily Banner

Jack Kimsey Coleman, 77, of Old Fort, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, at his home. A native of Murphy, N.C., he was born on June 4, 1941, to the late ...


Terry Postell. This is one of an occasional series of articles that draws attention to ordinary Cherokee County residents and their extraordinary lives. Andrews ...

Track finishes 2nd in conference  Smoky Mountain Times

The Swain County High School track team finished their conference season this past Wednesday at the Smoky Mountain Conference Track Championships held ...

Thousands of scholarships available for local students  The Cherokee Scout

Searching for college scholarships is a daunting task for high school juniors and seniors. Fortunately, there are many local scholarships originating from ...

NC Baseball Coaches Association releases 2018 all-state team  The Charlotte Observer

The N.C. Baseball Coaches Association has named its 2018 all-state baseball team. Seven Mecklenburg County stars and a plethora of Observer-area players ...

ELECTION 2017: Meet Murphy's town council candidates  The Cherokee Scout

There are eight candidates for Murphy Town Council in the general election Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Several WNC standouts named to NCBCA All-State baseball teams  Asheville Citizen-Times

The North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association released its picks for All-State teams this week, with several WNC standouts finding their names on the list, ...

SCOUTING AROUND: Christmas parade to honor Special Olympians  The Cherokee Scout

Murphy's Hometown Christmas Parade will march through downtown Saturday afternoon with bands, floats and very special guests of honor.

CARL P. MERONEY - The Tryon Daily Bulletin  Tryon Daily Bulletin

COLUMBUS – Carl Porter Meroney of Columbus passed away, Friday evening, May 17, 2019. at his home. Born in Cherokee County, NC, he was the son of the ...

YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS: Bill Vespasian  The Cherokee Scout

This is one of an occasional series of articles that draws attention to ordinary Cherokee County residents and their extraordinary lives. Murphy – Bill Vespasian ...

Female athletes tackle high school football in WNC  Asheville Citizen-Times

Murphy's Katelyn Jones and Rosman's Madison Fischer have become the first female football players at their respective high school's.

Bulldogs win 1A state championship  The Cherokee Scout

Chapel Hill – Back-to-back defensive encroachments are often frowned upon, but especially so in a state championship game.

Slade McTaggart named News 13 Player of the Week  WLOS

Murphy High School junior Slade McTaggart has been named News 13 Prep Player of the Week for week 12 of prep football. The running back only had 8 ...

Smoky Mountain Conference basketball tournament schedule  The Cherokee Scout

2018 Smoky Mountain Conference Tournament (At Murphy High School) Varsity girls.

The Most Beautiful Public High School in Every State in America  Architectural Digest

For most students, summer has ended and schools across America are back in session (to the delight of some, to the chagrin of others). So what better time to ...

Commissioners to upgrade park, litter honorees recognized  The Cherokee Scout

Murphy – The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners voted Monday night to invest as much as $57000 to improve the restrooms and playground in ...


Editor's note: This is one of an occasional series of articles that draws attention to ordinary Cherokee County residents and their extraordinary lives.

PEAKS AND VALLEYS: Playgrounds, parks thrill kids in the summer  The Cherokee Scout

Whether a family wants to balance on a slackline, play ball or simply go for a walk, Cherokee County has plenty to offer between the efforts of the county, towns, ...

Harris joins district attorney staff | News  The Mountaineer

Kimberly Hayes Harris has joined the staff of the 30th Prosecutorial District.

Murphy native, wife join fugitive reality show  The Cherokee Scout

Greensboro – A Murphy native and his wife recently went on the lam, running from government agents and hoping not to be captured.

HSOT All-East Track & Field teams released; Panther Creek's Smalls makes list in 4 events  HighSchoolOT

The first All-East teams for outdoor track and field feature 67 different athletes who competed in this year's N.C. High School Athletic ...

SCOUTING AROUND: Piano Man entertains for Big Brothers Big Sisters  The Cherokee Scout

Lee Alverson is a talented piano player in his own right, but Friday night, like many other nights, he stepped out on stage at McGuire's Millrace Farm in Peachtree ...

School Shootings List in Twenty Years Since Columbine: 240 and Counting  Westword

Twenty years ago tomorrow, on April 20, 1999, two seniors at Columbine High School killed twelve students and a teacher before taking their own lives in an ...

Murphy hoops sweeps Hiwassee Dam in rematch  The Cherokee Scout

Hiwassee Dam – Playing an in-county rival twice in a 12-day span can have its advantages and disadvantages.

BASKETBALL: Braves win conference tournament, Lady Braves runner-up  Cherokee One Feather

By SCOTT MCKIE B.P.. ONE FEATHER STAFF. MURPHY – The Cherokee Braves (16-5) won the Big Smoky Mountain Conference tournament with a 90-78 win ...

UPDATE: Rains break sewer, close schools in Murphy NC  WRCB-TV

MURPHY, NC. (WRCB) -- The curious, with cameras in tow, have flocked to the bridge over the Valley River on Bulldog Drive in Murphy, North Carolina.

DA hires new prosecutor  Smoky Mountain News

The District Attorney's Office recently hired a new prosecutor, Kimberly Hayes Harris. Harris is a native of Cherokee County. Upon graduating from Murphy High ...

Difficult decision to change high schools paid off for Georgias Michael Curry  Online Athens

Three years ago, Michael Curry was the new guy on the Gainesville (Ga.) High School baseball team. He had just moved from North Carolina, leaving behind ...

Murphy's Stroup reaches 1000-point mark  The Cherokee Scout

Hayesville – The 1,000-point threshold is difficult for any athlete to attain in high school basketball. But this is no ordinary athlete. This is Emma Stroup, a senior ...

N.C. State student mourned at home after tragedy  The Cherokee Scout

Raleigh – A Hiwassee Dam native set to graduate from N.C. State University later this week died tragically in a car crash Sunday morning. Cheyanne Hass, 22 ...

Lady Bulldogs primed for playoffs  The Cherokee Scout

UPDATE: The Murphy Lady Bulldogs received a bye in the first round of the state playoffs. They will host a second-round game at 6 p.m..

NRA grants help local students learn safety  Smoky Mountain News

Recent efforts to enhance student safety by placing armed volunteers in the nation's schools have resulted in predictable blowback from anti-gun activists, some ...

Tarnowski named new WHS girls' soccer coach | Local Sports  Watauga Democrat

BOONE — Chris Tarnowski was an assistant coach with the Watauga girls' soccer team last season.

PIGSKIN 2016: Bulldogs have lofty expectations  The Cherokee Scout

Murphy – One look at the various polls that come out prior to a high school football season and it is once again obvious that the Murphy High School Bulldogs ...

Seven Midlands players selected for Shrine Bowl  The State

Spring Valley's Channing Tindall and Dutch Fork's Bryce Thompson headline this year's Midlands selection for Shrine Bowl.

SCOUTING AROUND: Former Girl Scouts reconnect, recall lightning incident  The Cherokee Scout

An article first seen on the front page of the Cherokee Scout/Clay County Progress in 1967 got a happy ending thanks to National Public Radio's Missed ...

All-state baseball teams announced  Asheville Citizen-Times

The N.C. Baseball Coaches Association has announced its all-state teams and they include 10 players from Western North Carolina.

2019-2020 Azalea Trail Court announced  WKRG News 5

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — The 2019-2020 Azalea Trail Court was announced Sunday. Courtney Cooner, a junior at Saraland High School, was named queen of ...

NSJ Coach of the Year: Satterfield parlays App State success into Louisville job  North State Journal

Appalachian State was the preseason favorite to win the Sun Belt Conference's East Division and play in the league's first-ever postseason championship game.

Panther release Mobile’s Captain Munnerlyn  WKRG News 5

Mobile native Captain Munnerlyn has been rleased by the NFL's Carolina Panthers.

A gun control group counted 18 school shootings in 2018. That's now disputed — here's why  CNBC

On Wednesday there were 18 school shootings in 2018, but by Thursday there were only 17. Here's why.

Football Friday  Mount Airy News

Only eight 1A teams in the entire state had the honor of putting on the pads and practicing on Thanksgiving Day. Two of those eight are right here in Surry…

WRESTLING: Two Braves win Conference Championships  Cherokee One Feather

MURPHY – Two members of the Cherokee Braves varsity wrestling team won championships in their division at the Smoky Mountain Conference tournament ...

MS BASKETBALL: Braves use Cherokee language to win SMC championship  Cherokee One Feather

By AMBLE SMOKER. ONE FEATHER STAFF. MURPHY – Few instances can replicate the emotional power of athletic sporting events and the proud traditions of ...

These are all the school shootings that have taken place so far in 2018 and it's only February  New York Daily News

There have been 18 school shootings so far this year, including one that claimed 17 lives at a Florida public school Wednesday.

Self to coach Mitchell volleyball  USA TODAY High School Sports

Misty Self has been hired to coach the Mitchell volleyball team, the school announced Tuesday. More from the Mountaineers: The Mitchell High School Athletic ...

Since Sandy Hook, a gun has been fired on school grounds nearly once a week  Los Angeles Times

There have been more than 180 shootings on school campuses that resulted in an injury or death in the U.S. since Dec. 14, 2012, when 20 children and six ...

Owl named Gates Millennium Scholar  Cherokee One Feather

Constance Owl, an EBCI tribal member and senior at Murphy High School, has been named a winner of the 2014 Gates Millennium Scholarship. More than ...

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