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Volume 22, Number 31

Hayesville | commerce

Economic development initiative hinges on local input By Harrison Keely EDITOR

Nearly 60 members of the Clay County community will be participating in interviews conducted by the 21st Century Community program later this week. The program, which was applied for by Clay County commissioners and approved earlier this year, was

set up by the North Carolina Department of Commerce to shape a positive economic outlook for the county. “[Clay] County will receive targeted technical, planning and funding assistance from the state for the next two years,� said Sara Day Evans, Western Region Planner for the 21st Century Communities Program. “This is a great opportu-

nity for the county.� Evans said that the Division of Community Assistance needed input from local leaders to determine where to focus efforts. Private one hour interviews have been coordinated with locals for July 31 and August 1 at Hayesville Middle School. Program details available on the RIÀFLDO ZHEVLWH RI WKH 1RUWK &DU-

olina Department of Commerce state that the program has helped to “jumpstart economic developmentâ€? since it was created in response to business and industry closures in 2001. &OD\&RXQW\TXDOLĂ€HGDVDFRPmunity experiencing economic sustainability challenges. Over 30 other North Carolina counties have taken part in the program as well.

Meeting with local leaders is just the second step of six aiming to achieve positive results in the long-term. The program previously completed an assessment of the local economy and will soon assess economic development assets such as available building sites and vacant facilities. Other steps include identifying

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infrastructure needs, developing a plan and coordinating resources to maximize impact. “[The] program provides the county with an unparalleled opportunity for... targeted economic development assistance and preferHQFH IRU Ă€QDQFLDO DVVLVWDQFHÂľ (Yans said. SEE INPUT PAGE 3A

Hayesville | construction

Experts inspect post office for revamp Mayor says concerns are cause for change By Harrison Keely EDITOR

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Directed by Nancy Davis, “Camelot� opened last weekend to an enthusiastic audience reception. Dennis Muron’s King Arthur evolves from an unsure but highminded young king into the famed King Arthur of the Round Table. He believes in might for right not might is right. What ultimately happens to his noble cause holds the audience’s interest from beginning to end. Muron

Licklog Players summer musical opens to enthusiastic audiences develops his character beautifully and makes the audience care. Whitney Harrell as Queen Guenevere is lovely on the stage as she grows from a scared and reluctant young bride to a Queen torn by duty and love. Hopefully, the Licklog Players will be able to enjoy her excellent voice and delightful stage presence in many more produc-

endearing and funny. From his entrance with the scene stealing Rosie, the dog, to the end of the play he has the audience with him. Chris Evans gives a strong pertions. formance as the villain, Mordred. Brian Barrentine is simply won- +H DOVR LV D Ă€QH VLQJHU DV LV HYLderful as Sir Lancelot. His voice is dent in his “Seven Deadly Virtues.â€? excellent, and his “If Ever I Would He is a versatile young talent who Leave Youâ€? is as good as it gets. will hopefully return to the Licklog In his portrayal of Sir Lancelot he Players in future productions. Ă€QGVWKHKXPRULQWKHDOOWRRSHUIHFW Visually the play is delightful to Knight and the deep emotion in an watch – from the artistic backdrops all too human one. What a talent! Herb Silbert as King Pellinore is SEE CAMELOT, PAGE 8A

Young Harris, Ga. | education

Cox inaugurated as YHC president By Frank Bradley

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Clay County | technology

High-speed cell service now a reality in county Verizon EV-DO begins V-Cast service By Bryan Hughes SENTINEL WRITER

If you looked at your Verizon Wireless mobile phone this past weekend you may have noticed a second signal indicator. There is no need to be alarmed, Verizon Wireless has now launched its high speed EV-DO service in our area. The new service was launched on Thursday, July 24, and is available in Cherokee and Clay Counties.

The EV-DO service is an integral part of Verizon’s premium V-Cast products. Local Verizon Wireless customers with V-Cast enabled mobile phones can now stream video clips, download music and games and browse the web at blazing speeds. There are no extra charges for having the high speed EV-DO service available in our area, but Verizon Wireless customers can now add premium V Cast services to their service plan for an additional monthly fee.

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CA LEN D A R THIS WEEK Yard Sale The Warne Community Center will hold a community yard sale and fundraiser Saturday, August 2nd for 8 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. at the community center Tables and/or spaces are available for all persons wishing to sell items. Donation requests for each table and /or space will range from $5 to $10. Please contact Jim Redmond at 389-9345 for additional information. Hot coffee and coffee cake in the morning and hotdogs, chips and sodas at lunch will be sold by community center members. Join friends and neighbors for a day of fun, bargain and show support for your community! We hope to see you there!

P.M. For more information contact Janice Moore: 828-389-6394. We invite visitors to come and observe.

Contra dancing Go contra dancing August 9 from 8-11 p.m. at the John C. Campbell Folk School. Admission: Adults $6, 12-18 $3, Under 12 $2 The dance is at the Community Room in the Keith House and is part of our twice monthly community dance series. Charlotte Crittenden is a popular local caller with an engaging personality and a fine selection of dances. Music will be by the Brasstown All Stars, some of our best local musicians. Beginners, singles and couples welcome. Beginners should come promptly at 8 pm, since we start with easier dances and more teaching.

Tri-County Meeting

Short Fiction Contest

There will be a Tri-County Meeting with Janet Cowell, candidate for North Carolina State Treasurer, on Saturday, August 2nd at 5 p.m. at the Gazebo on the Square Hayesville, NC Refreshments & more will be available. Call 828-389-4430 or 321-5210 for more information

A Short Fiction Contest sponsored by Mountain Writers of North Carolina is now open to all writers of all genres. The prizes are: First Place $100.00; Second Place $50.00; Third Place $25.00 and three honorable mentions. Judging will be blind and no members of Mountain Writers will serve as judges. Entry criteria are as follows: Length no more than 1,500 words, double spaced with one inch margins all around; Print in Times New Roman, or Courier New, 12 point; Separate cover page with title, name, contact information and word count for each entry; Number pages in upper right corner of all pages; Bind manuscript with paper

COMING UP Poetry critique The NCWN (Netwest) Poetry Critique will meet at Tri-County Community College in Murphy, North Carolina, Thursday, August 7 , at 7:00

SELF-HELP Assault Support Rape and sexual assault have physical and emotional effects, both short-term and lasting. REACH of Clay County is holding a sexual assault support group for women in Hayesville. Call (828) 389-0797.

Stroke Support A stroke support group meets every third Thursday of each month. The meetings are in the large conference room at Murphy Medical Center. Medical advisor is Dr. Ken Cassell. Contact Carol Dorman or Dawn Colbert in the discharge planning department at (828) 835-7589.

Al-Anon Meetings Al-Anon, meets on Sunday night at 8 p.m. at Chatuge Regional Hospital in Hiawasse; Tuesday at noon and the Mountain Regional Library in Young Harris; Wednesday Night at 8 p.m. at the Mountain Presbyterian Church in Blairsville; and on Thursday at noon at the Episcopal Church of The Good Shepherd in Hayesville. Al-Anon is open to anyone who has been affected by someone else's drinking or drug use. For more information call Renee at 706-835-5827 or Ivey at 706-897-0628 in Georgia or in North Carolina contact Pat at 828-389-8981.

Free WRAP classes Free weekly WRAP classes are being offered every Tuesday from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. in Clay County at the Hayesville office of Murphy Counseling (the old Smoky Mountain Center). Wellness Recovery Action Planning, i.e. WRAP, is a 10-week course that teaches you an approach for managing mental health and/or substance abuse symptoms that are interfering with your life. Classes are free and you can begin at any time. There is HOPE for a better life! For more information, call the Marble Center, 837-7466, ext. 2311, and talk to one of our facilitators about this wonderful program.

Co-dependents Co-Dependents Anonymous meetings are as follows: ‡)RUZRPHQRQO\$W12 noon on Mondays at Young Harris Library in Young Harris, Ga. Call Linda at (706) 781-3158. ‡$WSP7KXUVGD\VDW0RXQWDLQ Presbyterian Church in Blairsville, Ga. Call Rocky, (706) 897-2885.

"Recovery" Ministry The First Freewill Baptist Church of Hayesville and Pastor Chris Rumfelt welcomes you to "Celebrate Recovery!," a Christ-centered recovery ministry for alcoholism, divorce, sexual abuse, co-dependency, domestic violence, drug addiction and any other hurt, habit or hang-up from 7-9 p.m., Thursdays. For more information, call Rumfelt at (828) 361-4090.

Alzheimer's Support The Towns/Union Alzheimer's support meets at Brasstown Manor in Hiawassee, Ga. The group now meets the first and third Friday of each month from 3–4:30 p.m. Call (706) 896-4285

Body Sculpting Class Body

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Divorce Semina "Divorce Care," a divorce recovery seminar and support group, meets at 7 p.m. on Mondays at Hiawassee United Methodist Church. For more information, call Mary at (706) 896-9004.

Food Addicts Meetings are 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Sharp Memorial Church in Young Harris, Ga. Call Jim at (828) 361-7565 (cell) or (828) 389-1975 or Sandy at (828) 361-5278.

Alzheimer's Group An Alzheimer's Support Group meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Clay County Senior Center in Hayesville.

Cancer support group Cancer support group meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the community room, United Community Bank, Hayesville, corner of Hwy 64 and Hwy 69. Any questions can be directed to Janet Curns, evenings at 828-389-0295.

Weight Watchers Weight Watchers meets at the Clay County Senior Center Mondays at 5 p.m. Weigh-in and registration begin 30 minutes prior to meeting.

ACTIVITIES Soaking Prayer A healing prayer team holds prayer sessions each Tuesday evening at 7:00 at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. Sponsored by the River of Healing chapter of the Int'l Order of St. Luke. More information (828)389-3397.

Square Dance Classes Enchanted Valley Squares is having Basic Mainstream Classess on Tuesday Nights at the Towns Co Middle School Cafeteria from 7:00-9:00 pm. For more information: GA-Al Supplee (706) 379-2191 or NC-Bob or Loretta Hughes (828) 837-2561.

Moose Lodge We are now forming a Moose Lodge and invite you to join us. Our meetings are held at Homers Corner Cafe located at Hwy 19/129 in Murphy, NC inside Fosters Flea Market. Come early and join us for a Dutch Treat lunch. Our meetings are held on the 2nd Friday of each month at 1 p.m. For further information please call Art or Donna Harris at (828) 389-6342.

Brasstown Suppers Brasstown Community Club meets at 6:30 p.m., the third Thursday of each month with a pot luck supper. Grocery game night, 7 p.m. the first

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Upcoming Events clip; Enclose entry fee of $10.00 for each submission (can be combined in one check or money order); Make checks payable to Mountain Writers. Submission deadline is August 11, 2008. Late entries will be accepted through September 1st if accompanied by an additional $5.00 late fee. Mail two copies of each entry to Joan Routh, 3691 Max Patch Road, Clyde, NC 28721. No manuscripts will be returned. Call J.C. Walkup at 235-2003 or e-mail jcwalkup@bellsouth.net for more information.

Adult tennis clinic Adults, if you are interested in improving your game, meeting some new tennis players in the area, or you just want to have fun on the courts, join us for an adult clinic this summer! The clinic is intended for adult players of any level and will include instruction, drills, and playing lots of matches! Date: August 11-15, Time: 6-8 pm, Location: Young Harris College tennis courts. Cost: $10 per night or $40 for entire week. Come the entire week or as much as you can! Clinic is organized and coached by YHC tennis coach Alli Hillman. Please sign up by calling 706 897-6103 or email ahillman@yhc.edu.

Prose Workshop The NCWN (Netwest) Prose Workshop and Critique Session will

Recurring Events Exercise classes are being offered at Towns County Recreational Center in Hiawassee, Ga. Class is from 6:30-7:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The cost is $4 per class or $48 per month. Contact the recreation center at (706) 896-2600 or Susan Rogers at (706) 896-6842.

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meet at Tri-County Community College in Murphy, North Carolina, Thursday, August 14, at 7:00 P.M. Visitors are invited to come and observe. For more information contact Richard Argo: 828-837-5500

Reach Bazaar There will be a huge indoor Bazaar on August 15 and 16 from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm. Browse through furniture, household items, clothing, toys and books. The Bazaar will be held in the building which used to house KT Billiards; the address is 1252 Hwy 64 W, Hayesville. This location will also be the home of the new Reach Thrift Store scheduled to open late summer. The proceeds of the bazaar and the Thrift Store will benefit Reach Of Clay County, your local non-profit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault program whose mission is to break the cycle of violence through advocacy, intervention, support services and community education. Donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated. For information on donations or volunteering, please contact Barbara Carroll @ 389.1415 or 557.7416.

Children’s Writing The NCWN (Netwest) Writing for Children Workshop and Critique Session will meet at Moss Memorial Library in Hayesville, North Carolina,

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"Cookin'" Lessons

Clay Lions to Meet

Want to learn to cook the old fashioned way with a healthy twist? Clyde McCoy with the Expanded Food and Nutritional Education Program can custom make a program just for your group or you!! There is no charge, it is all free! Call Clyde at (828) 389-6305 for more information.

Clay County Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Scout Hut. Call Membership Chairman Rondle Ford at (828) 389-9530 or Secretary/Treasurer Dr. Russell Hughes at (828) 389-3890.

Senior Dances

Daughters of the British Empire (DBE) is hoping to establish a local chapter in the North Georgia/Western North Carolina mountains area and would like to contact eligible women. The DBE is a charitable,nonprofit, nonpolitical American organization and membership is extended to women of British or British Commonwealth birth or ancestry and to women married to men of British or British Commonwealth birth. Membership is organized on a chapter basis and meetings are held monthly usually followed by an informal social time over a cup of tea or coffee and British goodies. For more information about joining the chapter please contact: Maureen at 404 583 3958 or email at maureendbe@hotmail .com

Dances are always on the first Friday of the month. Donation of $5 per person: cold drinks, plenty of finger food, door prizes, live entertainment and a large dance floor. Call Mary Lou at (828) 389-3581 or Jeanne at (828) 389-3003.

HAMs meetings North Georgia Tri-State A.R.C. (Amateur Radio Club) meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Branan Lodge in Blairsville. All of our meetings are open to the public. For more information about joining the Club or becoming a HAM, call Don Deyton at 706-781-6665.

Intermediate Bridge Intermediate Bridge is being played at the Senior Center in Hiawassee on Mondays and Fridays, starting at 12:45 p.m. All players welcome. For more information please call (828) 389-8065.

Quilting Ministry Truett Memorial First Baptist Quilting Ministry meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 10 a.m., downstairs in the church office building. All are welcome to join in fellowship as we make lap, fidget and infant quilts for those in need. For information contact Linda Davis at (828) 389-4233 or lulu111@verizon.net.

Helping Hands meet The ladies group at Sweetwater United Methodist Church meets from 10 a.m. to noon every first and third Tuesday. They make quilts for Clay and Cherokee counties' sick and needy. Helpers are welcome.

Fellowship Weekly Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International meets at 6 p.m. every Monday at Daniels in Hiawassee, Ga. Call (828) 389-0140.

Valley Kennel Club Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. the first Monday of each month at Brother’s Restaurant on Hwy 64 in Murphy, NC. We invite all those interested in pure bred dogs and canine activities to attend. Call President Kit Miracle @ 706 492 5253 or Peggy Moorman @ 828 835 1082 for details.

Mountain Hikers Mountain High Hikers schedule two hikes each Tuesday, occasionally specialty hikes, and regular trail maintaining trips- all in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina and Georgia. Check the web site:

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Blue Ridge MOAA The Blue Ridge Mountains Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) meets the third Monday of each month at various area restaurants. All active duty, retired and reserve military and public health service officers, and warrant officers are invited to attend. For information please contact one of the following individuals, in North Carolina: Jim Ferrell at 828-835-9203 and in Georgia: Jim Reynolds at 706-379-6601.

Wednesday August 20, at 10:00 A.M. The Writing for Children Workshop focuses on poetry and stories for children and young adults. Support and advice is offered to writers.. We invite visitors to come and observe. For more information contact 706-896-6392.

Contra Dancing Go contra dancing August 23 from 8-11 p.m. at the John C. Campbell Folk School. Admission: Adults $6, 12-18 $3, Under 12 $2 The dance is at the Community Room in the Keith House and is part of our twice monthly community dance series. Jane Ewing from Huntsville, AL will be calling to music by the Dog Branch Cats: Bob Dalsemer and Jan Davidson, fiddles, Martha Owen, banjo and David Liden, guitar. Beginners, singles and couples welcome. Beginners should come promptly at 8 pm, since we start with easier dances and more teaching.

Coffee with the Poets Coffee with the Poets hosted by Phillips and Lloyd Book Store in Hayesville, North Carolina Wednesday, August 27 at 10:30 A.M. A Netwest poet is featured, followed by open mic. Desserts, coffee and tea are served by Crumpets Dessertery for a small charge. Join us for a morning of local writers reading their words in a warm and friendly environment where everyone is welcome to read, to come and listen and visit with friends.

Poetry Critique The NCWN (Netwest) Poetry Critique will meet at Tri-County Community College in Murphy, North Carolina, Thursday, September 4, at 7:00 P.M. For more information contact Janice Moore: 828-389-6394. We invite visitors to come and observe.

Spiritutal Writing Writing from the Spirit Within is a writing workshop sponsored by NCWN West, Saturday, September 6, 9:30 until 3:30, at the Moss Memorial Library. Estelle Rice, whose poems, essays, and short stories have been published in numerous magazines, will be the instructor. Her spiritual poetry was published in a chapbook, Quiet Times. It has been purchased for comfort at time of loss and as gifts to loved ones. The cost for this six hour workshop is $30 for members, $35.00 for non-members of Netwest. Make checks to NCWN West, and mail to Netwest, PO Box 626 Hayesville, NC 28904-0626. For more information contact Estelle Rice, telnev@cabletvonline. net or phone: 828-837-5883,

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PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE A special information meeting of the Lilith Lidseen Performing Arts Association, Inc., a North Carolina corporation, is hereby called to be held on the 12th day of August, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. at the Moss Memorial Library, located at 26 Anderson Street, Hayesville, NC 28904. It is desired by the Board of Directors of the Corporation that a loan be secured from Rural Development, United States Department of Agriculture, in order to REWDLQVXIÂżFLHQWIXQGVIRUWKHSXUFKDVHRIWKH3HDFRFN3OD\KRXVH$OO or substantially all of the assets and property of the corporation, presently owned or hereafter acquired, may be encumbered to secure any loan obtained. 5XIXV6WDUN&KDLUPDQ%RDUGRI'LUHFWRUV ATTEST: Gail Criss, Secretary

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Veteran Consultant The veterans' consultant, Mike Casey, will be at the Job Link Office on the second Tuesday and the fourth Wednesday of each month. Call (828) 837-7407 of the Social Service Office in Hayesville at 389-6301.

Granny's Attic Granny's Attic, Auxiliary of Good Shepherd Home Health Care and Hospice, is open Wed. - Sat., 9 am - 4 pm. We are now stocked for Spring and Summer. To make donations or volunteer contact Linda at 828-389-4233.

Library Book Store Record Albums (33 1/3) are back and we've got dozens of new arrivals. Also books on tape and VCR movies. Don't forget us when you need that special book! Monday to Sat. 10 a.m. -4 p.m across from the moss library in Hayesville.

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DONATION: Harold and Cindy Wade, owners of Dorman Heating and Cooling in Hayesville, present a donation in support of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two Hours from Anywhereâ&#x20AC;? 5K Challenge to Kathi Osborne, Murphy Medical Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Foundation Director.

5RDGUDFHWREHQHĂ&#x20AC;WQHZ urgent care center Murphy Medical Center is seeking sponsors for its eighteenth annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two Hours from Anywhereâ&#x20AC;? 5K Challenge, two-mile Heart Walk and Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fun Run. The event is a fundraiser supporting development of a new Urgent Care Center in Murphy and is scheduled for 6DWXUGD\6HSWHPEHU â&#x20AC;&#x153;When businesses and individuDOV VSRQVRU WKLV WHUULĂ&#x20AC;FDOO\ IXQ HYHQW theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also contributing to their community,â&#x20AC;? said Kathi Osborne, Foundation Director at the hospital. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This family-friendly, pro-exercise event will also help us meet the needs for urgent patient care in our area.â&#x20AC;? 7KHQRQSURĂ&#x20AC;WKRVSLWDOLVDFFHSWLQJ tax-deductible sponsorships through the event date. To be included in event promotion materials, donations should EHVXEPLWWHGE\$XJXVW Dorman Heating and Cooling in Hayesville donated to this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s road race. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our decision to support the hospital and its road race really just came down to it being important to us to be part of our community,â&#x20AC;? said Harold Wade, President. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was an easy thing for us.â&#x20AC;? The current Urgent Care Center is KRXVHGLQD\HDUROGPRGXODUXQLW on rented property in Valley Village Shopping Center on Andrews Road DQG ZRXOG EHQHĂ&#x20AC;W IURP DGGLWLRQDO space and new equipment, according to Mike Stevenson, hospital CEO. Stevenson explained that the Urgent Care Center offers a lower cost alternative to the hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Emergency 'HSDUWPHQW ´:H WUHDWHG  SDtients at our Urgent Care Center last

year, and, collectively, they saved RYHUKDYLQJEHHQWUHDWHGLQ our Emergency Department. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an DYHUDJHVDYLQJVRIPRUHWKDQSHU person.â&#x20AC;? The Emergency Department has inherently higher charges because of the equipment and staff needed to provide true emergency care. For those people requiring only urgent care, Stevenson said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Urgent Care Center is a valuable option for our area residents to have.â&#x20AC;? The 5K challenge and two-mile KHDUW ZDON ZLOO ODXQFK DW  DP from the Nursing Home at the rear of the hospital. Awards for top male and female runners and walkers in a range of age groups will be presented, along with a variety of other awards. A new Cross-Country Invitational will result in awards for the top male and female teams from the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s middle and high schools. A Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fun Run will follow the challenge and all children will receive participation trophies. Awards for the Lighten-Up competition, an eight-week weight-loss challenge issued to area businesses, will be announced at the event. The LightenUp challenge encourages employees to form four-person weight-loss teams. First, second and third place awards will be provided to the teams losing the greatest percentage of weight. Registration forms to participate in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two Hours from Anywhereâ&#x20AC;? event are available at MMC and at area Ă&#x20AC;WQHVVFHQWHUV)RUPRUHLQIRUPDWLRQ about sponsoring or participating, conWDFW.DWKL2VERUQHDW

Leaders from the school system, county media, Tri-County Community College, congressional ofĂ&#x20AC;FHV ORFDO ODZ HQIRUFHPHQW WKH Hinton Center, banks, the Blue Ridge Mountain EMC and county commissioners were among those invited to the interview process. In February statistics shown to commissioners indicated that Clay County is the fastest growing county in western North Carolina. The data prompted urgency to develop a targeted growth plan from the state. ,Q  WKH FRXQW\ SRSXODWLRQ SDVVHG  DQG EDVHG RQ WKH current growth rate, the populaWLRQ ZLOO QHDU WKH  PDUN LQ \HDUV 7KH VW &HQWXU\ &RPPXQLWLHV Program is expected to move the county closer to commissioners goals of retaining Hayesville High School graduates in the county to become part of the workforce as the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aging population swells to around 25 percent. Local leaders are expected to aim for balancing Clay Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cultural heritage with economic growth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By participating in this program, local leaders gain the resources needed to help their communities move forward...â&#x20AC;? North Carolina Governor Mike Easley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Helping our struggling counties develop long term, sustainable business plans also makes sure North Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business climate remains number one.â&#x20AC;? Evans highly encouraged local leaders to get involved. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The county, city, local business DQG LQGXVWU\ DQG QRQSURĂ&#x20AC;WV DOO KDYH WKHSRWHQWLDOWR EHQHĂ&#x20AC;WÂľ(Yans said.

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Adults and teens are abusing some prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs to get high. This includes painkillers, such as those drugs prescribed after surgery; depressants, such as sleeping pills or anti-anxiety drugs; and stimulants, such as those drugs prescribed for DWWHQWLRQ GHĂ&#x20AC;FLW K\SHUDFWLYLW\ GLVRUder (ADHD). Teens are also abusing over-the-counter drugs, such as cough and cold remedies. Because these drugs are so readily available, people who wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t otherwise touch illicit drugs might abuse prescription drugs. Seventy percent of people age 12 and older who abuse prescription painkillers say they get them from relatives and friends. Others may abuse their own prescription medicine. Teens also report that these drugs are not hard to Ă&#x20AC;QG$ERXWSHUFHQWRIWKJUDGers say that painkillers are fairly or very easy to get, and more than half say the same of stimulants. Prescription drugs provide benHĂ&#x20AC;WV ZKHQ XVHG FRUUHFWO\ XQGHU WKH care of a health provider. But when abused, they can be just as dangerous as illicit drugs. Think about this, a single large dose of prescription or over-the-counter painkillers or depressants can cause breathLQJGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOW\WKDWFDQOHDGWRGHDWK

My children were swimming at Jack Rabbit last week Recreation Park. I thought Clay County was above this. DQG OHIW WKHLU H[SHQVLYH Ă RDW WLHG WR WKHLU ERDW LQ WKH It could be people visiting our great County. Let's hope parking lot- someone untied it in order to steal it. these thieves weren't local residents. Also my grandson has worked hard to earn money to buy a pair of Nike sandals, they were also stolen. Last Barbara Walker-Huff year our peach tree was stripped by "Peach Thieves." Hayesville Resident , KHDUG WKDW WZR Ă RDWV ZHUH VWROHQ DW &OD\ &RXQW\ Stimulant abuse can lead to hostility or paranoia, or the potential for heart system failure or fatal seizures. Even in small doses, depressants and painkillers have subtle effects on motor skills, judgment, and ability to learn, which can increase the risk of injury. The abuse of over-the-counter cough and cold remedies can cause blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, coma, and even death. What are the brand names of some of these drugs? Â&#x2021; 3DLQNLOOHUV 9LFRGLQ 7\OHQRO with Codeine, OxyContin, Percocet Â&#x2021; 'HSUHVVDQWV .ORQRSLQ 1HPEutal, Soma, Valium, Xanax Â&#x2021; 6WLPXODQWV $GGHUDOO &RQFHUWD Dexedrine, Ritalin Â&#x2021; 27&V &RULFLGLQ +%3 &RXJK and Cold, Robitussin, Vicks Formula 44 Â&#x2021;&RXJK5HOLHIDQGRWKHUV Think about your home. What prescription and over-the-counter

drugs do you have? Where are they kept? Would you know if some were missing? The good news is that you can take steps immediately to limit access to these drugs and help keep your teen and friends drug-free: 1. Safeguard all drugs at home. Monitor quantities and control access. 2. Set clear rules for teens about all drug use, including not sharing medicine and always following the medical providerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advice and dosages. 3. Be a good role model by following these same rules with your own medicines. 4. Properly conceal and dispose of old or unused medicines in the trash. 5. Ask friends and family to safeguard their prescription drugs as well. All information included in this article came directly from the OfĂ&#x20AC;FHRI1DWLRQDO'UXJ&RQWURO3ROLF\ website.

Arrest report: 7/23/08 Jennifer Ann Payne, 20, of Warne, NC was arrested for child abuse a Class 1 misdemeanor on July 21, 2008 and released on July 21, 2008. Clyde J. Ball, 27, of Hiawassee, GA was arrested for failure to pay support on July 23, 2008 and released on July 23, 2008. John Richard Beni, 18, of Hayesvile, NC was arrrested for possess drug parahemalia; possessio SCh. V1 Control substance on July 23, 2008 and released on July 23, 2008. Anthony Edward Coffey, 20, of Hayesville, NC was arrested for pro-

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bation violation on July 23, 2008. Christopher Michael Franklin, 24, of Hayesville, NC was arrested for failure to appear on July 23, 2008 and released on July 24, 2008. Jon Hansen Tiger, 50, of Hayesville, NC was arrested for violate domestic violance protective order on July 23, 2008 and released on July 25, 2008. Kittredge D. Hock, 25, of Hayesville, NC was arrested for possess unsealed wine/liq/in pass area. Possess opn/cons/Alc; reckless driving to endanger; driving while impaired on

July 24, 2008 and released on July 24, 2008. Justin Lewis Tolley, 26, of Hayesville, NC was arrested for driving while license revoked; no insurance; possess drug parahemalia; possess marijuana up to 1/2 ounce on July 24, 2008 and released on July 24, 2008. Ellery James Roberts, 40, of Brasstown, NC was arrersted for probation violation on July 25, 2008 and released on July 27, 2008. William G. Marshall, 32, of Hayesville, NC was arrested for assault on a female on July 26, 2008.

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Informative Presentation on the FDIC Tuesday, August 5th 5:30 p.m.

The Ballroom - Downtown Murphy 51 Hiwassee Street Located one block off the square As a service to our community, we want to address any questions and concerns you have regarding the FDIC. This presentation will cover the following information: FDIC Insurance covers all types of deposits received at an insured bank including deposits in checking accounts, NOW accounts, savings accounts, money market deposit accounts, and time deposit accounts such as Certificates of Deposit (CDs). Deposits maintained in different categories of legal ownership at the same bank can be separately insured. Therefore, it is possible to have deposits in excess of $100,000 at one insured bank and still be fully insured. The FDIC does not insure money invested in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, life insurance policies, annuities, or municipal securities, even if these investments were bought from an insured bank. The FDIC guarantees your accounts with more than $52 billion in assets to protect depositors like you. Congress created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 1933 to restore public confidence in the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s banking system. No bank depositor has ever lost a penny of insured deposits.

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Tributes Blanche Janice Braswell Blanche Janice Braswell, age 92 of Wells Street Murphy, NC passed away Friday, July 25, 2008 at her residence after a brief illness. She was a native of Clay County, NC. Blanche was a homemaker and had lived in Cherokee County all her life. Blanche enjoyed reading the Cherokee Scout Newspaper. She was a loving wife to her husband, Henry and a loving mother to her children and loving grandmother to her grandchildren. She lived a quiet, simple, loving life, and will be missed. Blanche was the daughter of the late Marion Francis and Annie Mae Tuck Powers. She was SUHFHGHGLQGHDWKE\Ă&#x20AC;YHEURWKHUV Gilbert Powers, Boyd Powers, Carl Powers, Rufus Powers and Guy Mason and four sisters, Maxie Ellis, -HVVLH3D\QH0DH&RNHUDQG*XIĂ&#x20AC;H Chance.

She is survived by her husband, Henry Braswell; two sons, Buddy Powers of Oregon and Lewis Braswell of Murphy, NC; one daughter, Ann Braswell-Cramm of Waynesville, NC; three grandchildren, Bud-

dy Powers, Jr., Timothy Cramm and Amber Cramm and several nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, July 28, 2008 at the Townson-Rose Funeral Home Chapel in Murphy, NC. Rev. Aud %URZQZLOORIĂ&#x20AC;FLDWH%XULDOZLOOEH in the Greenlawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in the Peachtree area. Pallbearers will be Ronnie Coleman, Buddy Powers Jr., Timothy Cramm, Pete Nichols, Herman Coleman and Wayne Purcell. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Monday, Contributed photo July 28, 2008 at the Townson-Rose REVIVAL: A successful three-day revival was led by visiting pastor Rev. Chris Rumfelt, senior pastor Funeral Home Chapel in Murphy, of First Free Will Baptist Church in Hayesville, NC. Rumfeltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife Crystal and their three children NC. accompanied him. Rumsfelt is pictured with their three children Braden, Kellen and Calista. You may send tributes to the Braswell family at www.mem.com. Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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A Country Fare getting bigger and better A Country Fare, sponsored by the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Hayesville, gets bigger and better each year. For the past 15 years, Pat and Paul Jordan have served as Cochairmen, each year adding more attractions which bring people from near and far to enjoy the food, fun and fellowship. Under their direction, the Fare has become one of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular family events. This year, the reins have been turned over to Pam Roman, an enterprising Florida retiree with considerable experience organizing special events. Since moving to the mountains, her many side interests include catering, gardening and photography. A â&#x20AC;&#x153;people person,â&#x20AC;? she volunteers at the Peacock PlaySue LeKites / Contributed photo house, Georgia Mountain Fare and FARE TRADE: Pam Roman, General Chairman of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s several church ministries. Country Fare at the Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Every Monday and Thursday Church. morning at 9:00 A.M. sharp, she can be found in the basement of Good Tea Room, Pastor John Rice is rais- 30 at 12 Noon; the Silent Auction Shepherd overseeing the many do- ing his prize chrysanthemums for on Fri. evening, Sept 5, beginning at nations which arrive daily for this the Garden Store and our models 5:00 PM and the Fare on Sat., Sept DUHVHOHFWLQJEHDXWLIXORXWĂ&#x20AC;WVIRUWKH 6, from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM. All yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fare. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re thrilled with all the items Fashion Show. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of work, events will take place on the church that are coming in,â&#x20AC;? she said last but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun and exciting and for a grounds, located one mile east of the light at Kerrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pharmacy on HW week as she sorted items. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re good cause.â&#x20AC;? Mark your calendars and plan to #64. For further information call receiving brand new items, as well attend one or all of the following 828-389-3397. as treasured antiques and heirlooms, activitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the Fashion Show and for the Silent Auction. Our cooks are busy checking recipes for the Luncheon will be held on Sat., Aug.

Senior Center hosting free ice cream social In observance of National Ice Cream Month, Clay County Senior Center is having an Ice Cream Social on Thursday, July 31st, at 12 Noon. The Center will provide the ice cream and all the toppings, trimmings, and treats. Come escape from the summer heat and cool off at the Senior Center and enjoy some FREE ice cream! Bring a friend! Directions/ more information call 389-9271.

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Zion United Methodist Zion UMC is serving up some great Christian fellowship and down home country cookinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;every Wednesday from 11:30 - 1:30 p.m. The menu just gets better and better and the friendliness and price just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be beat! Every entree comes with side dishes, homemade dessert and drink all for a donation of $5.00! You are invited to join us in our Fellowship Hall or make your order to go. All the money goes towards missions and ministries of the church. Sunday School begins at 10:00 a.m. every Sunday followed by Worship Service at 11:00. Located at 4812 Young Harris Highway, we are the little country church with a kudzu kind of love that just grows and grows!

Good Shepherd One of the most active services provided to the community by the

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Hayesville is its Healing Prayer Ministry. Many who have attended its Tuesday evening and Thursday noon healing services have found comfort both spiritually and physically. A Healing Prayer Workshop will be held at the church on August 8 and 9 for the purpose of training others in healing prayer so that Jesusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; healing ministry might expand in all our churches. Entitled Equipping the Church for Healing Prayer Ministry, sessions will feature scripturally based teachings, experiencing Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presence in prayer and ways of expanding a healing prayer in your church. Topics will include: A Biblical Foundation for Jesusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Healing Ministry, Stories of Healing in the Church Today, Four Kinds of Healing Prayer, The Importance of Listening in Healing Prayer, Guidelines in Doing Healing Prayer, What is Soaking Prayer, Building a Healing Ministry in Your Church. The program includes two hours on Friday evening, Aug. 8 and six hours on Saturday, Aug. 9. The cost is

$20 per person, which includes lunch and workshop materials. Good Shepherd is located one mile east of the traffic light at Kerrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pharmacy on HW #64 in Hayesville. For further information call 828-389-3397. Please register by August 6. Latecomers are welcome.

Oak Forest Methodist Oak Forest United Methodist Church would like to invite all children Pre-K to Middle School to attend our Vacation Bible School beginning on Sunday, August 3rd and ending on Wednesday, August 6th from 5:45 pm -8:00 pm. Our theme this year is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Big Backyardâ&#x20AC;?. If your child would like to attend, please contact our church office at 389-9077 or via email at oakforestumc@dnet.net. If you get the church answering machine please leave a message, Refreshments will be served each evening. We would love to see you there. Our church is located at 990 Oak Forest Road, Hayesville, on the corner of Oak Forest and Hinton Center Roads.

Bay Springs Free Will Baptist Church Hosts revival By Donna Boyd Purvis CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Bay Springs Free Will Baptist Church recently hosted a successful three-day revival led by The Rev. Chris Rumfelt. The revival averaged more than 70 people each night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were extremely pleased to have Rev. Rumfelt and his family as a part of our summer revival,â&#x20AC;? explained The Rev. Trent Dykes, pastor of Bay Springs Free Will Baptist Church. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Revival begins in each

person and Rev. Rumfeltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s messages were truly focused not only on salvation, but also on strengthening each Christianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s walk with God. As Christians, often our lives are the only Bible others read and we need to keep our focus centered on God, while carrying His message to the unsaved of world.â&#x20AC;? Rumfelt is the senior pastor of First Free Will Baptist Church in Hayesville, NC. During the revival, Rumfelt was accompanied by his

wife, Crystal, and their three children, Braden, Kellen and Calista. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our church family would like to thank Rev. Rumfelt and his family for being willing to travel so far and deliver the messages that God laid on his heart,â&#x20AC;? Rev. Dykes went on to say. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We would also like to thank all of our surrounding churches who supported us with attendance and special singing. This was truly a revival for our entire community.â&#x20AC;?

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CHECKS: Margo Sullivan, United Way President presents checks to four local agencies providing critical services in Clay County. Left to right: Kay Worden, United Way Secretary; Pastor Bert Wylie, Clay County Food Bank; Teresa Waldroup, Hayesville Hands of Hope ( Communities in Schools); Kathy Tant, Clay County Senior Center; Sullivan; Judith Alvarado, REACH of Cay County; and food pantry volunteers Barbara Walsh and Fred Sickel.

Local agencies receive United Way funds $5,000 donated to non-profit agencies

Way stays in Cherokee and Clay Counties,â&#x20AC;? explains Sullivan, â&#x20AC;&#x153; and donors may specify in which county they ant their contributions used.â&#x20AC;? Food banks in Clay County and The United Way of Cherokee and Clay Counties recently distrib- across the state of North Carolina XWHGWRIRXUORFDOQRQSURĂ&#x20AC;W are facing heavy challenges, ay human service agencies in Clay Karen Borchers, United Way ExCounty. The four agencies are: Clay ecutive Director. â&#x20AC;&#x153; With todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s County Food Pantry, the Meals on economy, more people are coming Wheels Program of the Clay Coun- to the food banks needing help,â&#x20AC;? she ty Senior Center, Hayesville Hands says, â&#x20AC;&#x153; but food banks are receiving of Hope, and REACH of Clay less food to distribute.â&#x20AC;? The Federal government used to provide surplus County. Each year, the United Wayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s items such as cheese and peanut volunteer Board, which had mem- butter. Few surplus items are availbers from both Cherokee and Clay able today. With the computerized &RXQWLHVLGHQWLĂ&#x20AC;HVWKHPRVWSUHVV- LQYHQWRU\DQGPRUHHIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQWRUGHUing needs in the two counties and ing, large grocery store have less allocates the donations it receives over-stock and give less to the food to local agencies providing essen- banks. The food banks try to make tial services to children, youth, the up or the loss in donated food by purchasing some of what is needed, elderly, and families. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our priority is on those agencies but we all know how food prices providing food, shelter, and crisis have been increasing over the past services,â&#x20AC;? says Margo Sullivan, year or more.â&#x20AC;? A number of churches in Clay President of the United Way Board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The money raised by the united County help support the Clay Coun-

ty Food Pantry through donations of food and by providing volunteer helps, says Pastor Bert Wylie, President of the Food Pantry. The United Way- originally started in 1969 as the United Way of Cherokee County- expanded its VHUYLFHV WR &OD\ &RXQW\ Ă&#x20AC;YH \HDUV ago. Since 2003, it has distributed DOPRVW  WR ORFDO QRQSURĂ&#x20AC;W agencies. United Way allocations for 2008 also went to six Cherokee County QRQSURĂ&#x20AC;W DJHQFLHV DQG WR WKUHH which serve both Cherokee and Clay Counties. The latter are the Hurlburt-Johnson Friendship House ( a homeless shelter); Compassionate Friends, which provides help and support to bereaved parents and families; and H.A.V.E.N. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Advocacy Center which helps children who are victims of abuse. â&#x20AC;&#x153; We are grateful to the individuals and businesses who show their concern for the needy in our communities by donating to the United Way,â&#x20AC;?says Sullivan.

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Model railroaders to discuss imitation water

The monthly meeting of Tri-State Model Railroaders will be held at the Historic Mineral Bluff Depot starting at 7:00pm, Monday, August 4, 2008. The special program for the evening will be a presentation by Walt Austin of Mineral Bluff on the improvement of model railroading

scenery and landscaping through the use of imitation water. Refreshments will be served. The meeting will be preceded by a 2:00pm work session at the Depot to continue the work well under way on an HO Gauge model railroad representing the L&N RR Old Line from Mari-

etta to Copperhill. At 5 p.m. all will gather at the Village Restaurant in Blue Ridge for dinner and pleasant conversation on railroading and Model Railroading. Come join in on any or all of these activities. For further information cal;l 706-455-8903.

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Cayden James Long

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Murphy Medical Center staff would like to congratulate Erin and Edgar Long IV of Marble on the birth of their son. Cayden James was born July 22, 2008 at Murphy Medical Center. He weighed 6 pounds 7 oz and was 18.75 inches in length at birth. You can view his picture and our other new arrivals on the Web, go to www.murphymedical.org

Tristan Alexander King

Murphy Medical Center staff would like to congratulate Ashely Crisp and Jeffery King of Murphy on the birth of their son. Tristan Alexander King was born July 10, 2008 at Murphy Medical Center. He weighed 9 pounds 6 oz and was 21 inches in length at birth. You can view his picture and our other new arrivals on the Web, go to www. murphymedical.org

Madelyn & Jackson Cavalier

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WEEK OF: July 21 Ladies Golf Association: Â&#x2021;/RZ*URVV/RZ1HW Flight A Betty Tucker Barbara Boswell Nancy Steck (low net) Flight B Nancy Tharp Jackie Rossi Sally Mirocke (low net) Flight C Anita Flood Karen Whittaker (low net) Janet Jacoboski Flight D Jean Odom Hilde Hulen Madeline Seiferman (low net) Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association Monday Group Â&#x2021;0HPEHU7HHV 1st Place John Sandell, Bill Fowler, Walter Scott and Marshal Gann 2nd Place Stan Jacoboski, Dough Shively, Al Sanford and Alan Medford 3rd Place Arnie Kloock, Les Wickham and Claude Spears

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