Cherokee Sentinel Cherokee County & Nantahala, NC VOLUME 7, NUMBER 46 PERIODICAL POSTMASTER Send address changes to Cherokee Sentinel, 1162 Andrews Road, Suite E Murphy, NC 28906 FOUR SECTIONS • November 24, 2004 50¢ Snow wins over Carpenter on close call by 284 votes By Dwight Otwell Editor Bob Carpenter John Snow John Snow will be the new senator for North Carolina District 50. After a recount was completed, the 2004 unofficial election results made available Thursday showed that Democratic challenger Snow ended up with 284 more votes than incumbent Republican Senator Bob Carpenter. The final vote showed that Snow had 35,722 votes in the eight county district while Carpenter had 35,438 votes. The results of the November 2 general election showed Snow with a 337 vote lead. After provisional votes were counted, the lead Questions surround emergency meeting By ALICE BLANTON Sentinel staff writer A hornets’ nest is buzzing again in Andrews. An emergency meeting was held in Andrews Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. for the purpose of a closed meeting on a personnel matter. The meeting was reportedly called Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 4:30 p.m. Mayor Mitch Rhinehardt told the Sentinel he did not call this meeting, and was not sure exactly who did call it. He was informed by Town Manager Bill Green of the meeting. On Wednesday about 1:30 p.m. a board member notified him the meeting had been cancelled. About 30 minutes later he was notified that the meeting was back on, to discuss a drug testing and safety issue. During the opening minutes of the meeting, the question was asked of Ellen Davis, town attorney, if this was in shrank to 307. If a candidate in a non-state wide multi-county election doesn’t win by more than 1 percent, the candidate with the lower vote total can call for a recount. Carpenter, an eight-term, 16-year state senator, called for a recount. Snow lost 23 votes in the recount, but that wasn’t enough and Snow will become the district’s new senate representative. “It has been stressful these last few weeks,” Snow said Thursday from Maryland. “We are greatly relieved. I had so many people working for me and helping me and my family worked so hard.” Snow was in Maryland visiting his daughter and was going to New Jersey for a college roomSee CARPENTER/SNOW page 3A Toys-for-Tots Santas breakfast See EMERGENCY MEETING page 3A Missing woman found dead By Hannah McLamb Assistant editor A 21-year-old missing woman was found dead in Cherokee County last Friday morning. The young woman, Erin Marie Thompson, 21, of Denver, NC, was found deceased in her 1989 white Chevy Beretta at the top of Scott Laney Hill at approximately noon Friday. Found by Reverend George Yates, of Murphy United Methodist Church, it was apparent that Thompson had died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning from the car’s exhaust, said Sheriff Tony Woody of Clay County. The cause of death was corroborated by Sheriff Keith Lovin of Cherokee County, who reported Thompson’s death was an apparent suicide. Thompson had been staying with her grandparents in Warne, NC. She was last seen by her grandfather the morning of Wednesday, November 17 on her way from Hayesville to an appointment in Murphy. After waiting the required 48 hours, the family filed a missing person’s report with the Clay County Sheriff’s Department and Thompson’s information was listed on NCIC and Missing Persons, said Sheriff Woody. Thompson’s tag number showed up as having been run in Cherokee County and Sheriff Woody was asked to identify the body. Woody said that he believed the young woman and her boyfriend had recently broken up. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department has no evidence of foul play, but Thompson’s death is still under investigation. Big bus drives point to DOT engineer By Dwight Otwell Editor Hiwassee Dam Principal Kenny Garland used a big, yellow school bus and two students to make a point to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT). Garland Friday took Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Jeanette Hedrick and DOT Division Engineer Joel Setzer on a ride down Hwy. 294 and across the single-lane bridge that many have termed dangerous. He took along two high school students to help make his point. They were trying to assure that plans to improve a twomile stretch of the winding road and to replace the bridge are not delayed. They were trying to get DOT to speed up the work, which is planned for 2007. Hedrick said she drove Setzer to Cherokee Lake. Garland brought an 8.5 foot wide school bus that normally travels Hwy. 294 transporting students to and from school. He drove the engineer across the bridge so he could see what it is like. “My tires were on the white and yellow lines the whole way,” Garland said. Garland brought along Hiwassee Dam High School Student Government Association (SGA) President Matt Evans and SGA VicePresident Brandon Chastain, who told Setzer about the road. Chastain has had two accidents on Highway 294. Hedrick said that while they were with Setzer, a large volume of traffic was going both ways on Hwy. 294 so that Setzer got to see how busy the road can be. Setzer told Hedrick that DOT will begin right-of-way acquisition in 2005. The improvements will be to a 1.95 mile stretch of the highway, about a mile on either side of the bridge. The improvements See SPEED UP page 3A Trish Golden/Sentinel photo Daniel Green tells Santa what he wants for Christmas. Santa was at the Toys-ForTots Christmas breakfast held at Koo-Koos last Saturday. See more photos page 10A Cherokee County schools make good marks on NC Report Cards By Dwight Otwell Editor Cherokee County public schools continue to improve academically as six out of the school system’s 13 schools were designated Schools of Excellence. That ties the record for the most Schools of Excellence the school system has ever had. A School of Excellence is a school where at least 90 percent of students score at grade level and students made expected growth or more. The North Carolina School Report Cards were released by the state last week. The report cards show overall school district end-of-year test scores as well as the scores achieved by individual schools. The report cards provide other information, such as score by subject and grade level, by gender. ethnic group, etc. Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Jeanette Hedrick said the report cards are good reflections of the total school program. See REPORT CARDS page 3A Seven local brothers fought in World War II By Dwight Otwell Editor Seven Davis brothers, who grew up in Boiling Springs in Cherokee County, fought for their country in World War II. Six returned home after the war. One was killed and his name is on the monument at Memorial Park in Murphy. James Baxter Davis and Mary Jane Davis raised 13 children in the house James constructed in Boiling Springs. Seven of the eight boys were old enough to enter the service during WWII. Ned Davis, the oldest, was inducted into the Navy in March 1944. Max Davis, the next oldest, was inducted into the Air Force ground crew in November 1942, although he later switched to the Army. Next oldest, Hall Davis, volunteered into the Navy in August 1942. Ray Davis was inducted into the Air Force in November 1943. Oid Davis volunteered into the Navy in July 1942. Don Davis was inducted into the Army in 1942. Sam Davis was inducted into the Air Corps in July 1943. Rex Davis, the youngest boy, was nine to 12 during the war. However, he served in the military between the mid-1950s and the early 1960s. Rex was proud of his seven older brothers who served in WWII. He remembers that families were given blue stars representing sons serving in the military during WWII to put on a banner to place on the window. There wasn’t enough space for seven stars on one banner so the Davis family had to combine two banners. Max, 91, moved to Ohio before the war, but he moved back to Boiling Springs for retirement and still resides in Cherokee County. Ten of the 13 children are still alive and four of the seven brothers who fought in WWII are still living. Sam, the youngest of those who served in WWII, is now 80. Rex is 71. Don was the only brother killed DWIGHT OTWELL/Sentinel photo in the war. Max’s son, Bud Davis, said Don was killed in Germany by a Eight Davis boys and five girls grew up in this house in Boiling sniper near the end of the war. He is Springs. Seven of the boys fought in WWII. One was killed but the See BROTHERS page 5A others returned home from the war.