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Clay County | community

More folks using county transportation Gas prices are raising user costs

By Frank Bradley SENTINEL WRITER

Maybe it’s because of the higher cost of fuel. Maybe it’s because more and more people are have heard about it and have decided to take advantage of it. Whatever the reason, more and more folks are using Clay County’s public transportation system. Becky Thompson, who oversees the program, reported that riding usage had risen 25 percent during the past year. She said the buses and vans had

clocked in more than a half-million miles, averaging 80 to a 100 trips a day. “We’re getting a new bus and two new mini-vans,� she told the board of commissioners at the regularly scheduled monthly on Thursday. Thompson also announced that it was necessary to raise the user rates due to fuel expense that has almost doubled within the past year.

“For the people who really need it: inside and outside the Hayesville city limits and those who have to go to Murphy Medical Center, the rates will remain the same,� she said. There will be increases from Hayesville to surrounding towns as well as to Asheville, Atlanta and Chattanooga, both to airports and medical trips. These increases to take effect on September 1st. One-way fare to Asheville airport

Family Fun festival a big success

Hayesville | education

Hayesville students recognized at WCU

will be $50; to Atlanta or Chattanooga, it will be $85. Trips to Gainesville, Ga. will increase from $20 to $40. Thompson said that the county is getting extra money to supplement medical trips for the elderly. Also, trips for veterans will be covered by their allowed travel pay. SEE TRANSPORTATION, PAGE 8A

Hayesville | recreation

This years family fun festival had a fantastic turn out. They hope to see even more families next year.

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)$0,/<)81 Aspen Fine sits patiently while Teressa Johnson paints her face. The Family Fun Fest was sponsored by CCCRA, with the help of the business community and The Big Fix Committee of the Valley River Humane Society, under the leadership of

Debbie Graham. Thirty-six were registered in the Pet Parade. Children enjoyed the games (including Fish, Moon Pie Walk, Hit the Bottle and Ring the Prize) and

all enjoyed the Hoola Hoop Contest, Jump Rope Contest, and Water Balloon Toss. Gnarly Fingers performed their original music and favorite tunes throughout the event.

They hope to do this event again next year and want to see even more families there. They would also like to thank the many local businesses and retailers for their sponsorship.

Western NC | health

Ace â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nuggetsâ&#x20AC;? lose to win in MMC challenge The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ace Nuggetsâ&#x20AC;? of Murphy Ace Hardware are well on their way to better health. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We not only give 20 percent off in our store, we are going to shed 20 percent off of our weight for the Lighten-Up Community Challengeâ&#x20AC;? according to Manager Walter Cagney (far left) pictured with other â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ace Nuggetsâ&#x20AC;? team members, Sherry Martin (in chair) and Dean Smith. Not pictured Marcy Day. But who knows? There is some very

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C AL E N DAR THIS WEEK Youth soccer Clay County Youth Soccer signups will be held Saturday, Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Black & Gold Center in Hayesville and Sunday, Aug. 17 from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Trash to Treasures The Trash and Treasures Sale at Murphy Presbyterian Church will run from 8 to 3, this Friday and Saturday. The public is invited to stop in for a free cup of coffee and shop through the clothing, books, antiques, furniture, housewares, toys, and home baked goods. The Women of the Church use the proceeds to support foreign missions, three NC orphanages, and the Cherokee County Sharing Center, Meals on Wheels, and Family Resources locally. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s treasures include a new push lawn mower, artificial flowers, holiday decorations, a set of womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf clubs, a menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loud tie collection, and shelves full of books. For information, call Susie Evans, 837-3035

Young Talent Night A perennial favorite of Music on the Square audiences, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Singing Stars for a Better Worldâ&#x20AC;?, will perform the first half of this Saturday, August 16th Concert on the Hiawassee Square. The concerts are from 6 - 8 pm and on this Saturday we will be treated to an adorable group of â&#x20AC;&#x153;up and comingâ&#x20AC;? Broadway stars . . . Kids under the direction of founder and director Robbie Dernehl. They perform Broadway and pop inspirational numbers and always bring a huge collective smile to the appreciative audience !!

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: Â&#x2021;)RUZRPHQRQO\$W12 noon on Mondays at Young Harris Library in Young Harris, Ga. Call Linda at (706) 781-3158. Â&#x2021;$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.

Star Fiddle Player (and 1st place winner in his age group in several Southeastern States) :â&#x20AC;?Alex Thomlinson will dazzle you with his talent!! We are honored this Season to be able to showcase young talents from the Towns County Elementary School, under the direction of Kathy Weekly, and the Towns County Middle School under the direction of Chris Adams. Jordan Humphrey a 14 yr. old singing phenom from Suwanee, GA will perform several numbers. This should be a real treat, so come to the Square to show your support for our own Towns County Youngsters !! Food & Refreshments will be for sale along with Concert T-shirts. Please call 706-896-4988 or see our website: www.otmga.org after 5 pm to see if weather has canceled the concert.

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.

Painting workshop 5-Hour Workshop- Beginning Decorative Painting- â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hanging Plaque with Autumn Tree & Pumpkinsâ&#x20AC;? Instructor: Wendy Holden, Tuesday, August 12, 10:30 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3:30 pm. Class Fee: $25 Supply Fee: $10 (includes surface and paint and use of brushes)

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 3â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4:30 p.m. Call (706) 896-4285

Body Sculpting Class Body Sculpting/Cardiovascular Exercise classes are being offered at Towns County Recreational Center in Hiawassee, Ga. Class is from 6:307:30 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.

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 7:009:00 pm. For more information: GA-Al Supplee (706) 379-2191 or NC-Bob or Loretta Hughes (828) 837-2561.

Know what's going on? Send event announcements to calendar@smokymountainsentinel.com.

Upcoming Events Prose Workshop

Benefit Auction

The NCWN (Netwest) Prose Workshop and Critique Session will 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: 828837-5500

Benefit Auction for the John C. Campbell Folk School is on Saturday, August 16, 1-5 p.m. Art preview & Silent Auction from 1-2 p.m. Live Auction from 2-5 p.m. Featuring one-of-a-kind handcrafted items, including pottery, ironwork, basketry, wood items, dolls, paintings, weavings, rugs, jewelry, furniture, and more. Free admission at the Keith House, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. Call 1-800-FOLK-SCH or 828-837-2775 for more information.

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.

Art workshop 3-Hour Workshop on Decorative Painting- Painting Hydrangeas on a Gourd Birdhouse Instructor: Barbara Keyes will teach Saturday, August 16, 2008; 10 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 pm. The Class Fee: $15 SUPPLY FEE: $20 (If you supply your own gourd, deduct $10 and let Barbara know before class so more can sign up!)

Reception for Veterans Representative Heath Shuler will host a reception to say Thank You to area Veterans prior to the opening of the new Franklin VA on August 18th. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We owe our veterans for all of the freedoms we enjoy. Their service and sacrifice has made it possible for us to liv in the greatest nation in the world. We will never be able to fully repay them for their services, but we should honor them and say thank you as often as we can,â&#x20AC;? said Rep Shuler. The reception will be held Monday, August 18th at the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s location on 647 Wayah Street in Franklin, starting at 2:30 p.m. and is open to all Veterans from the 11th Congressional District. Veterans in Cherokee, Clay and Graham counties in need of transportation to the reception and official opening can contact Sandy Zimmerman in Rep Shulerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Murphy Office at 828-835-4981 by August 11th if possible.

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Writing The NCWN (Netwest) Writing for Children Workshop and Critique Session will meet at Moss Memorial Library in Hayesville, North Carolina,

Recurring Events 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 Saturday of every month. Please bring snack foods.

"Cookin'" Lessons 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.

Senior Dances 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 Brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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: MountainHighHikers.org for schedule and meeting locations or call 828-389-8240 for information.

OTHER Clay Lions to Meet 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.

British Empire 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

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

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.

Book & Bake Sale Please come join the Friends of the Library for a book and bake sale at the Young Harris library Friday 8-5 & Saturday 10-2, August 22 & 23. Bring a sweet tooth and some books to donate. We especially need childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books! Proceeds benefit the book and building funds and also anything else we can think of to help our wonderful libraries. If you are a baker, please bring some of your homemade cookies and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll sell those too, after we test â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em!

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 every-

Carolina: Jim Ferrell at 828-835-9203 and in Georgia: Jim Reynolds at 706-379-6601.

one 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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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.

Historic Hayesville Merchants Assocation meets on the second Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. in the meeting room of Hayesville Family Restaurant. For more information, please contact Association President Joe Rybicki, of Phillips & Lloyd Book Shop, at 389-1492.

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Arts & Crafts Guild

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.

Mountain Regional Arts and Crafts Guild, Inc (MRACG) meets the second Tuesday of each month at ArtWorks Artisan Centre. ArtWorks is located at 308 Big Sky Drive (behind the Holiday Inn), Hiawassee. Refreshments are served at 6:00 pm and the meeting begins at 6:30 pm. The next meeting will be held on August 12. If you would like to learn more about the Guild, we invite you to the next meeting as our guest Contact us at 706-8960932 or mtnregartscraftsguild@hotmail.com or visit mtnregartscraftsguild. org

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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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E DITO Râ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S INB OX

Transfer tax wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cost me a dime I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t planned on weighing in on this matter since I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think I cared how education was funded in Clay County, as long as itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funded. My wife is a former school teacher and I come from an entire family of educators, so funding education is a priority.

But then I received the glossy expensive brochure that says absolutely nothing relevant to the issue, but sure makes this tax sound sinister. My wife works at a group home in Hayesville for the developmentally disabled and each of the 6 residents also received

a glossy expensive brochure. When I see that kind of money being squandered, I think about the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Law of Unintended Consequencesâ&#x20AC;?. In this case, it meant changing someone {me} who was somewhat apathetic about the issue into someone who now supports the tax. I am amazed by the tactics organizations use to distort, confuse, and strike fear into the public when they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t effectively argue

their position on its own merit. This is like a page right out of Karl Roveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strategy of using fear and loathing to divide and conquer. It might be effective, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hardly ethical. Others have already written about the details of this transfer tax and the fact that it is merely adding a small percentage to an existing closing cost, but some aspects warrant repetition. The state realtorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; association

prefers to call this a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Home Taxâ&#x20AC;? since that sounds far more evil than its correct name. Obviously, everyone wants to know how it ZLOO LPSDFW WKHLU Ă&#x20AC;QDQFHV :HOO we hope to live in our home for the next 20+ years, so that means our â&#x20AC;&#x153;home taxâ&#x20AC;? bill would be ZERO for every one of those 20 years. If you are only planning on staying in your home for 10 years, then your â&#x20AC;&#x153;home taxâ&#x20AC;? bill would be ZERO for each of those 10 years. That doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sound like a â&#x20AC;&#x153;home taxâ&#x20AC;? to me. Instead it sounds like exactly what they called itâ&#x20AC;Ś..a tax that only applies to the transfer of property. Now, if you are a realtor/developer that thrives on buying farms and carving them up into 1 acre building lots, then you would have to factor those closing costs LQWR\RXUSURĂ&#x20AC;WPDUJLQDWDUDWHRI $4/thousand. Not exactly a deal breaker. As a matter of fact, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve talked to more than one realtor that has no objection to this tax as ORQJDVWKHUHYHQXHLVVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FDOO\ targeted to education. That might require a special commitment on the part of our commissioners. I have to assume that the original intention of this tax was to follow Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s practice of let-

ting the tourist and new resident offset the lack of state income tax through the use of impact fees, toll roads, hospitality taxes, etc. If the opposition group can rename the transfer tax then I might suggest supporters rename it the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stick it to the Floridian Taxâ&#x20AC;?. That might attract a whole new group of supporters in Clay County who think the â&#x20AC;&#x153;fâ&#x20AC;? word stands for Florida. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve known several Floridians WKDW PRYHG KHUH RQO\ WR Ă&#x20AC;QG WKH house or location isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite right and moved again within the county. Now theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been hit twice! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m being facetious of course, but the point is that this tax has NO impact on those of you who plan to stay in your home. For those who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, the tax is minimal and a negotiation point as are other closing costs in any transaction. Ironically, we wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind a property tax increase to support the local school system and we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have children. I can safely say that this wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have kept us from moving here and I guarantee it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop others either. I guess they shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have sent me that brochure. -Bill Tibbetts

Crime Stoppers

Beware of Scams!!!!

By: Investigator Melvin Cantrell Guest Columnist

Sheriff Joe Shook would like to make the citizens of Clay County aware of various types of scams going on in the tri-state area. We receive reports daily from other agencies advising us of scams being used to extract money from unsuspecting individuals. The most recent reports have occurred by the same group was conducted in Graham County, NC, Cherokee County, NC, Union County, GA, and Fannin County, GA. These scam artists can be recognized by the vehicles they are driving. All the vehicles are decked out with chrome and look like they were just taken off WKHVKRZURRPà RRU There will be threePeterbilt trucks; one is a blue-green color, white and a red or maroon color. The doors will have fancy scroll pin stripping with no company name but may have a phone number on the door. This group also has two ½ ton trucks painted bright yellow to look like a state truck, but these trucks have aluminum wheels. A white SUV, possibly an Escalade, has also been seen with this group. The vehicles have been known to haveradio contact with each other. One of the scams this particular group uses will vary slightly but is the same. The ½ ton truck will stop

at a residence and tell the homeowner that he has been paving in the community and has some pavement left over. He tells the homeowner that he has enough left to pave the drive and he will bring in his crew to pave just to get enough money to cover the cost of the fuel. He will get whatever amount of money he can and the crew never shows up. The other scam is someone will come to a house representing themselves as a state worker stating they need to work on the waterlines at the road. They will ask the homeowner to come out and look at the lines. While the homeowner is outside and distracted, the scam artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cohort enters into the residence to steal money and valuables out of the residence. So far this group has not been spotted in Clay County, but if you are approached by individuals matching these descriptions, pleaseFDOOWKH6KHULII¡V2IĂ&#x20AC;FH The scams that people will use to get your money are too many to mention. Just remember, one good rule is if you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make the contact then there is a good chance it might be a scam. Be wary of anyone who contacts you or comes to your home with a deal you just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pass up, or it just might end up being a deal you wished you had passed up.


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C O M M UNIT Y TCCC Summer Academic Honors Recipients Announced Blairsville, GA Stephanie A. Kough

The following students have TXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HG IRU $FDGHPLF +RQRUV at Tri-County Community College for the Summer 2008 semester. In order to be selected for academic honors, a student must have been enrolled full time and earned at least 12 semester hours in non-developmental courses in D GHJUHH GLSORPD RU FHUWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWH program; have a current and cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50; and have no grades of F, WF, or I. Part time students may also make the academic honors list if they have accumulated at least 30 or more non-developmental credit hours in a degree, diploma, RUFHUWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWHSURJUDPKDYHDFXUrent and cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5; and had no grades of F, WF, or I.

Almond David A. Richards Andrews Betty E. Vaughn-Grindstaff William A. Weidner Jr Larry L. Clapp Jessica L. McCray Frances V. Hardesty

Henry B. Swanson Holly D. Hutchison Lauren R. Rasch Candace A. Williams Shawn L. Marrone Allen R. Moore Jerry D. White Michael A. Mastridge Herbert W. Reusing Andrea V. Stecher Tara E. Stephens Amber M. Queen David R. Lovingood Courtney L. Carpenter Vernon W. Roe Tammy B. Keeling Theodore R. Culbertson Heidi M. Schueller Peter J. Macaluso, III

Brasstown Robert A. Simon Harlan L. Rowe Ducktown, TN Regina P. Coleman Hayesville Amanda L. Butler Stephanie M. Byers Jack R. Hungerford Jr Glenda D. Totherow Dana E. Jenkins Danielle E. Moody Mary A. Maney Bonnie L. Lyvers Judith C. Davenport Kelly T. Holden

Price M. Stiles Preston K. Freeman Robbinsville Ada N. Gorham David M. Crisp Rachel N. Colvin Christine M. Moore Wendy A. Millsaps Lorna Carver Jeremiah D. Williams Crystal M. Barlow Verna C. Grindstaff Tonya M. Johnson Patty D. McCollum Shelley J. Knox Lyle J. Schrier

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Marble Harold L. Crapse, III Sandra J. Head Carrie D. Moss Kelly R. Palmer Virginia R. Debty Kimberly H. Nelson Angela D. Schultze Tracey N. Stalcup Bill W. Cresmen

Kaitlynn Erika Janes Murphy Medical Center staff would like to congratulate Amanda Long and Steven Janes of Murphy on the birth of their daughter. Kaitlynn Erika Janes was born August 4, 2008 at Murphy Medical Center. She weighed 6 pounds 7 oz and was 21 inches in length at birth. You can view her picture and our other new arrivals on the Web, go to www.murphymedical.org

Morganton, GA Terry B. Flowers Murphy Taylor G. Pinder

Tributes Winnie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grandmaâ&#x20AC;? Cathey

Winnie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grandmaâ&#x20AC;? Cathey, age 109 of Tatham Street Andrews, NC passed away, Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at her home.

She was a native of Macon County, NC and has lived in Cherokee County, NC since 1912. Winnie was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Andrews, NC. She was a seamstress, homemaker and nurturer. She was a lady of many talents and loved her children, grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and great-great-great-grandchildren. She was the daughter of the late William Riley and Mary Lambert Morgan and was preceded LQ GHDWK E\ KHU Ă&#x20AC;UVW KXVEDQG David Lee Crawford who died in 1942 and was the father of all her nine children, leaving her WKHQ WR UDLVH Ă&#x20AC;YH FKLOGUHQ RQ KHU own. She was also preceded in death by her second husband, L.J. Cathey; son Robert Crawford;

three daughters, Annie Sue Rogers, Faye Ledford and Sally Barton; six brothers and two sisters. She is survived by son, Fred Lee Crawford of Virginia Beach, VA; four daughters, Mabel Ellis of Andrews, NC, Edith Cowan of Charlotte, NC, Betty Ledford of Waynesville, NC and Judy Raxter of Andrews, NC; one sister, Eula Mae Bradshaw of Hayesville, NC; her special caretakers, Sherry Carver and Joyce Palmer and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by over 150 descendents. Funeral Services were held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, August 9, 2008 at the Townson-Rose Chapel in Andrews, NC. Mr. Leslie Givens and Rev. Steve West will ofĂ&#x20AC;FLDWH%XULDOZLOOEHLQWKH9DOOH\

River Baptist Church Cemetery in Andrews, NC. Great-grandsons served as pallbearers and greatgreat grandsons served as honorary pallbearers. The family received friends from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Saturday, August 9, 2008 at the Townson-Rose Chapel in Andrews, NC. ,Q OLHX RI Ă RZHUV PHPRULals may be made In Memory of Winnie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grandmaâ&#x20AC;? Cathey to the Nantahala Regional Library, for the book mobile, 11 Blumenthal Street, Murphy, NC 28906. You may send tributes to the Cathey family at www.mem.com or view other obits at www.townson-rose.com Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Abner C. Nicholson Abner C. Nicholson, 80, of Pasadena, TX, formerly of Towns County, GA, died Monday (August 4, 2008). He was a native of Towns County, but had been living in Texas for the past 48 years. He was the son of the late Abner and Myrtle Anderson Nicholson. He served in the Merchant Marines during WWII. Abner retired after 23 years

as a stationary engineer with General Foods Maxwell House Coffee Plant in Houston, TX. He was of the Methodist faith. Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Alda Crawford Nicholson; a daughter, Carol Moss of Blairsville, GA; two step-daughters, Alisa Shelton of Huffman, TX and Laquita Stewart of Hayesville; a step-son,

Barbara C. Dalier, 71, of Hayesville died Monday (Aug. 4, 2008) in a Clay County care center. A native of Orleans Parrish, LA, she came to Clay County in 2005 after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina. She was the daughter of the late William Ross and Catherine Margaret Marquet Croall. Bar-

bara had worked as a secretary in both the hotel and furniture industry. As a young girl, she enjoyed playing sports and she coached softball, basketball, and volleyball. She was of the Church of God faith. Surviving are her husband, Noel J. Dalier; two daughters,

Andy Crawford of Baytown, TX; a sister, Sue Dillon of Quincy, WA; and six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. A graveside service was held at 1:00 PM Thursday (Aug. 7) in the Ledfords Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. 5RQGOH )RUG RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDWLQJ  3DOOEHDUers were Lee, Billy, and Austin

Barbara C. Dalier

Cindy Henry and husband, John of Hayesville and Denise deBouchel and husband, Wane of New Orleans, LA; a son, Steven Joseph Dalier of New Orleans; a sister, Joan C. Livaccari of Chalmette, LA; a brother, Robert Croall of /DID\HWWH/$DQGĂ&#x20AC;YHJUDQGFKLOdren, Kevin, Ross, Dayna, Wane

Moss, Kyle and Jay Chastain, and Jerrad Stewart. The family received friends from 11-12:15 PM Thursday at the Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville. Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville in charge of arrangements. An online guest register is available at â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obituariesâ&#x20AC;? at www.iviefuneralhome.com

B., and Jason deBouchel. A memorial service will be held at a later date in St. Bernard, LA. Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville in charge of arrangements. An online guest register is available at â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obituariesâ&#x20AC;? at www. iviefuneralhome.com

wife, Frankie Martin Cabe who died in 1994; two sisters, Abbie Ruth Cabe Penland and Imogene Cabe Trull and one brother, John R. Cabe. He is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Austella Miller and Patt Miller of Hayesville, NC and Betty Ashe and Buddy Ashe of Hayesville, NC; two grandsons, Michael Miller of Hanover, VA and Kevin Miller of Hayesville, NC

and six great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service was held at 4:00 PM, Saturday, August 9, 2008 at the Townson-Rose, Frank Rose Sr. Memorial Chapel in Hayesville, 1& 'U -DFNLH 6HOOHUV ZLOO RIĂ&#x20AC;FLate. The family received friends following the memorial service at the Townson-Rose, Frank Rose Sr., Memorial Chapel in Hayesville, NC.

Â&#x2021; HISTORICAL FICTION: Ursula K. Le Guinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Laviniaâ&#x20AC;? takes us to the half-wild world of ancient Italy when Rome was a muddy village near seven hills. This is a novel of passion and war and the cost of war. David Levering Lewisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crucible-Islam and the Making of Europe, 5701215â&#x20AC;?. This Pulitzer winning historian tells the tale of Islamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collision with Christian Europe and the role of Arab culture and Muslim leaders in the making of Europe. George McDonald Fraserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Reaversâ&#x20AC;?. It is the turn of the 17th century in Scotland. Feisty and irresistible Lady Godiva Dacre and her FRPSDQLRQ Ă&#x20AC;QG WKHPVHOYHV deserted on a desolate road

when highway robbers threaten their lives. Out of nowhere Bonny Gilderoy defeats the villains and steals Lady Godivaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart (and her jewels). 7KLVLVDQRYHOLVWLFURPSĂ&#x20AC;OOHG with authentic historic detail and imagination. Â&#x2021;MYSTERY: Parnell Hallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sudoku Puzzleâ&#x20AC;? is an entertaining puzzle packed adventure with an untraditional sleuth, featuring IRU WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW WLPH VXGRNX SX]zles by New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz. Susan Wittig Albertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nightshadeâ&#x20AC;?--Ex-lawyer and herbalist China Bayles takes a trip down memory lane, where one fresh murder and several cold cases force her to face her dark past.

8/13 Arrest Report: Chad Lewis Garrett, 29, of Hayesville, NC was arrested for probation violation on August 5, 2008 and released on August 5, 2008. Kenneth James Gauthier, 19, of Hayesville, NC was arrested for misdemeanor larceny on August 5, 2008 and released on August 5, 2008. Brandon Scott GoForth, 24, of Hayesville, NC was arrested for obtaining property by false pretenses on August 5, 2008. Jerry Andrew Lowe, 30, of Brasstown, NC was arrested for assault on a female on August 5, 2008 and released on August 7, 2008. Andrew James Webb, 30, of Hayesville, NC was arrested for

8/06 Marriages: Clint Lane Ledford, 27, of Young Harris, GA and Julie Brooke Patterson, 23, of Hayesville, NC were united in marriage on August 2, 2008.

probation violation on August 5, 2008. Daniel Edward Preportarris, 39, of Hanahan, SC was arrested for probation violation on August 7, 2008 and released on August 7, 2008. Brandon Shawn Teesateskie, 33, of Hayesville, NC was arrested for failure to appear; worthless checks on August 7, 2008 and released on August 7, 2008. Jerry Lee Donovan, 33, of Warne, NC was arrested for indecent liberties between children on August 8, 2008. Michelle Hughes Elliot, 30, of Murphy, NC was arrested for failure to appear on August 8, 2008 and released on August 8, 2008.

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8/13 Deed Transactions: DBL & J, Inc. sold 4.00 acres, Lot 144 Shiloah Ridge in Shooting Creek Township to Robert & Terry Pelletier for $ 125,000 on August 4, 2008. Nottoc Investments LLC sold 1.043 acres, Lot 4 Groves in Hayesville Township to Mark Stiles for $ 79,000 on August 4, 2008. Justin R. & Jacquelynne Ashe sold 1.63 acres, Lot 19 Chatuge Shores Overlook in Hayesville Township to Cecil Richard & Karen P. Kelley for $ 580,000 on August 5, 2008. Linda K. & Leland M. Willis sold 0.86 acres, Lot 7 Hickory Ridge in Hayesville Township to

Rhonda J. Brock for $ 40,500 on August 8, 2008. Linda K. & Leland M. Willis sold 1.87 acres, Lot 7 in Brasstown Township to Alvie & Margaret Hardy for $ 20,000 on August 6, 2008. Charles B. & Elizabeth M. McNeace sold 0.184 acres, Lot 39 Hoke McClure in Hayesville Township to Daphne Dockery for $ 159,000 on August 7, 2008. Kevin Michael Patterson & Kim Patterson Bedgood sold 2.80 acres, Tract 1 and 1.10 acres, Tract 2 in Hiawassee Township to Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church of Hayesville, NC for $ 175,000 on August 7, 2008.

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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

Old Shooting Creek Baptist Come discover the power of Jesus at the Power Lab at Old Shooting Creek Baptist Church located on Old Highway 64. Our Vacation Bible School kick-off will be Saturday, August 16th at 4:00 at Jack Rabbit beach Area. Classes will begin Sunday, August 17th to Wednesday, August 20th from 6:00-8:30. All ages are welcomed! Supper will be served each night along with Bible Stories, Music, Games, Missions, Crafts, and an extra dose of FUN! Come see the power of JESUS in action at the Power Lab. For more information or if you need a ride, call 389-3521.

Living Word Western Carolina College of Theology will begin classes on Thursday nights 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. on September 11, 2008. We are offering Associate, Bachelor, Graduate, Master and Doctorate degrees in biblical theology. Resumes are reviewed and ministry experience will determine your placement. We offer a correspondence program as well. We are accepting applications now. Call our office at 828-389-4444, or come by for an application at Living Word, 1762 Hwy. 64 east, Hayesville, N.C. Tuesday thru Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Latter Day Saints The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints would cordially like to envite the public to our Open House August 9th. Time is 1-4pm, Place is 656 Hwy 141, Murphy. Refreshments will be served.

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DIXIE ECHOES: The Dixie echoes have been singing gospel music for nearly 50 years. One of gospel musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most beloved quartets, The Dixie Echoes, will be returning to Woods Grove Baptist Church for their second appearance on Sunday, August 17 at 6:00 pm. Last year the Dixie (FKRHVPDGHWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWDSSHDUDQFH in the North Georgia mountains in over 25 years at Woods Grove and immediately captured the audience with their classic harmonies and exciting performance. For nearly 50 years, The Dixie Echoes have been delivering the good news of the Gospel through their spiritually uplifting musical ministry. Although considered to be one of the pioneer Gospel groups, the Dixie Echoes have maintained a refreshing vocal style, and a diverse selection of songs that appeal to audiences of all ages. This captivating group offers hope and inspiration as they share the message of God and His love for all people during each invigorating performance. The Dixie Echoes have performed throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada at such well-known venues as the National Quartet Convention, the Suwannee River Jubilee, the Brumley Sing, Dollywood, Silver Dollar City, and Carnegie Hall. The Dixie Echoes also share their music ministry with church, county fair and television audiences. They have appeared on such programs as TBN, Gospel Music Television, and are probably best remembered for their performances on The Gospel Singing Jubilee, which aired in the late 60â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and early 70â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. For over 20 years, the quartet was led by their

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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 828-3893397. Please register by August 6. Latecomers are welcome.

immensely popular lead singer and manager, Dale Shelnut. Since Daleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death in 1983, his son Randy Shelnut and grandson Randy Shelnut Jr. have carried on the tradition in grand style. In recent years, the Dixie Echoes have become known for their revival of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;vintage quartetâ&#x20AC;? style of singing. Singing with only 4 vocalists, a piano player, and 2 old microphones, this has become the staple of their performance. And songs like â&#x20AC;&#x153;If We Never Meet Againâ&#x20AC;?, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little Is Muchâ&#x20AC;?, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Working On A Buildingâ&#x20AC;? have become concert favorites once again. The two Shelnuts are joined by pianist Stewart Varnado, bass singer Pat Barker, and tenor singer Wesley Smith, IRUPLQJ SHUKDSV WKH Ă&#x20AC;QHVW OLQHXS the Dixie Echoes have ever showcased on stage.

Joining the Dixie Echoes for a few songs will be local favorites Jimmy and Johnny Hogsed, Steve Cox and Ken Connor. The Hogseds are always a crowd favorite with their smooth and soulful mountain harmony. If you love the old songs, smooth harmony, and pure traditional quartet music, accompanied by the natural excitement it generates, you will want to be a part of this concert at Woods Grove Baptist Church on Sunday, August 17 at 6:00pm. Woods Grove Baptist Church is located on Highway 17 and 515 (also known as Hayesville Highway), OHVV WKDQ Ă&#x20AC;YH PLOHV IURP +LDZDVsee, Young Harris, and Hayesville and less than a mile from the North Carolina state line. For more information, call Jerry or Alan Kendall at 706-896-3551.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Śit was a very rewarding experienceâ&#x20AC;? By Theresa Waldroup CONTRIBUTING WRITER

We can all come up with a long list of reasons why we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do something or why we shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any extra time, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford it, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not the right person, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not talented enough, some one else would do a better job, and on and onâ&#x20AC;Ś But retired math teacher and Clay County school board member Darryl McClure says the questions people should focus on is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why should I do it?â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;What can I do?â&#x20AC;? The answers to those questions are simply: You can make a difference in someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life, and Every one can do something. And, like Darryl and his wife LinGDIRXQGRXWĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDQGPRVWRIWKH time that difference is much greater than you can imagine. It might even be the difference between a child excelling in school and failing. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what happened to this willing local couple who asked themselves the simple question, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What can we do?â&#x20AC;? For the McClureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s who are both retired teachers, the answer was simple â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we can offer our talents as educators and a little of our time. Darryll and Linda spent some time this past school year tutoring the children at the Truett Baptist Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home. They didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see it as any huge accomplishment â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they just simply offered their help and went. And they believe that there are many other individuals in the community who can do the same. Simply give a little bit of their time to these children. Most weeks, the McClureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s would go to the home twice a week and spend about an hour with children working on their math. They would go over what ever the child was working on that week and go over their home work. Several of the children were struggling in math, so they needed someone who could sit down with them and give them some focused attention. Because of Lindaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s background in elementary education she came up with some creative ways for the two young girls to work on their math skills. 6KHKHOSHGWKHPPDNHĂ DVKFDUGV and taught them card games that

would strengthen their multiplication skills. While Linda worked with the younger children, Darryl spent time with the older student on more complicated mathematics which put Darrylâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s years of experience as a high school math teacher to good use. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take long for the efforts of the McClureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and the hard work of the children to pay off. The students began to improve their math grades and one of the young students increased her math grade from an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fâ&#x20AC;? to and â&#x20AC;&#x153;A.â&#x20AC;? What a difference the McClureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made in that childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life! â&#x20AC;&#x153;The children are so sweet and so well behaved!â&#x20AC;? Linda declared. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We looked forward to going up their every time. It was a treat for us. And we got far more out of it than we gave. The feeling we had when we would leave every time was just greatâ&#x20AC;Śit was a very rewarding experience.â&#x20AC;? Darryl and Linda said that although they know they helped the children with their school work, they believe the simple act of being there for them and showing them someone cares for them was just as important. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They would light-up when we would come in. They were

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Thompson emphasized that while the county’s transportation department has moved to a new building, it had absolutely no effect on the increased fares. The increased fares are a result of the increased fuel cost, she said. Reporting to the board on travel and tourism, Elizabeth McLamb and Larry Ford asked that the position on the Travel and Tourism Board that has been slotted for the county manager be replaced by a county commissioner because of the economic development component of that board. Commisssioner Harry Jarrett has been attending the Travel and Tourism board’s meetings. The county board approved the recommendation and appointed Jarrett as a member of

the board. In another matter, Joyce Battle has served the maximum time (nine years) allowed on the Nantahala Regional Library board and has to come off, according to its by-laws. Bass Hyatt was recommended as a replacement for Ms. Battle, and the board approved that appointment. On a matter concerning the county’s industrial park, a $400,000 grant for road work which was scheduled to be completed in two year was reported by the county manager as not being completely done, and he requested the board allow him to enter into an agreement to extend the contract to December 15, 2008. The board approved that request. County manager Paul Leek asked the board to adopt a resolution concerning safety and risk management

by adopting the NC manual of the association of county commissioners. He said it lays out the reporting procedures step by step and that there would EHWKHEHQHÀWRIWKHFRXQW\JHWWLQJD discount on its liability insurance. The board approved the measure. The board of commissioners also approved a request by Lewis Cohen, a volunteer who provides mediation services for the county, to allow access to an upper entry way of the courthouse after hours due to his physical limitation and his need to access the building after normal working hours. County manager Paul Leek and the sheriff reported that the jail kitchen is completed and they were awaiting ÀQDO DSSURYDO IURP WKH 'HSDUWPHQW of Corrections in Raleigh to begin preparing meals, which commenced this week. Previously, meals have

been prepared by Hayesville Family Restaurant; however with the new kitchen it has become more economical for the county to have them prepared at the jail. Commissioner Herbert Cheeks said the board applauded Tommy Hooper and all the help he has given the county in the past by performing this function. The new sheriff’s building is moving along with a lot of activity expected this week. Leek said they are shooting for a completion date of January. Several months ago, the county applied for a recycling trailer to be placed on the school grounds. The county was awarded the grant of $6,000. The trailer is located out west. Plans are to send someone from Clay County to pick up the trailer at an estimated cost of $2,000.

No tricks just treats at this years country fare There won’t be any tricks, but there will be lots of treats at this year’s Coun“Church women are known to be good cooks” try Fare, a major fundraiser of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Hayesville Church women are known to be good cooks and those at Good Shepherd are among the best. This year the Tea Room, one of the many attractions at the popular fall event, will be CoChaired by newcomers Linda Sweeney and Barbara Redmond who, along with their team of bakery chefs, are busy in their kitchens preparing delicious goodies for the Big Day. On the menu will be a variety of quiches served with fresh fruit, cakes, cookies, pies, pound cakes, large mufÀQVDQGKRPHPDGHIXGJH%HYHUDJHV Contributed Photo will include soft drinks and coffee, in TREATS: L to R, Barbara Redmond and Linda Sweeney, Chair- addition to hot and cold tea, both sweet and unsweet. men of this year’s Tea Room, busy preparing treats for the Fare. “Linda and I are having such fun

working with the talented people at Good Shepherd,” said Redmond who PDQDJHV KHU KXVEDQG·V GHQWDO RIÀFH in Franklin. “We’ll be preparing many favorites from previous years and adding some surprises of our own.” Here she shares her recipe for her delicious banana nut cake, which is always a big hit at her family’s holiday gatherings. As in past years, all proceeds from the Fare go to community organizations in the four-county area. Mark your calendars and plan to attend one or all of the following activities—the Fashion Show and Luncheon will be held on Sat., Aug. 30 at 12 Noon; the Silent Auction on Fri. evening, Sept 5, beginning at 5:00 PM and the Fare on Sat., Sept 6, from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM. All events will take place on the church grounds, located one mile east of the light at Kerr’s Pharmacy on HW #64. For further information call 828-389-3397.

The county had also applied for a $25,000 grant to come up with a preservation plan for the old courthouse, which it expects to be approved. The board approved a motion giving the county manager the authority to enter into a contract with a planner in Brevard, NC, who has had considerable expertise in restoring old buildings. The plan was also to determine best use of the building. Larry Sams spoke at the public hearing portion of the meeting expressing support of the land transfer tax. Commissioners Cheeks and Stephen Sellers both said it was a matter to be decided by the voters, and it was hoped that the people would educate themselves before the vote. Sandy Zimmerman, representing Congressman Heath Schuler, spoke

to the board about the dedication of the new satellite Veterans Clinic opening in Franklin, NC, which take place next Monday at 3:30 p.m. 6KH LQYLWHG JRYHUQPHQWDO RIÀFLDOV to attend as well as veterans and the public. She estimated that about 40 people who want to go will need special assistance and that the county’s department of transportation is providing a bus. A special gathering of veterans is also expected to take place a hour before the dedication. Bob LeKites appeared before the board and suggested the county consider a pumpkin throwing event to take place the week after Halloween. He said it could generate tourism into the county and had been a successful annual event elsewhere.

Nancy Simspon Reading Announced NCWN West (Netwest) invites all to the John C. Campbell Folk School, in Brasstown, North Carolina, August 21 to enjoy the reading of original works by Nancy Simpson and Nancy Purcell, members of the NCWN West (Netwest). The readings will be held in the Keith House at 7:00 in the evening. Nancy Simpson is the “Writer in Residence” at the John C. Campbell Folk School. She teaches poetry classes at the Folk School and has taught at Tri- County Community College, ICL at Young Harris Col-

lege and numerous workshops. She is the mentor of many of the poets in this area and beyond. She is the author of poetry book “Night Student” and chapbook “Across Water”. She has been published in countless literary Journals and recently in a new anthology of Appalachian poetry and will be in an upcoming anthology “A Poet’s Guide to Birds”. She is included in “Literary Trails of North Carolina” Nancy is the co- founder of NCWN West and served as coordinator for many years.

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