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Tarantino and Crowe set to appear in court By Dwight Otwell Editor

Two Murphy teen-agers charged with murder are scheduled to appear in Cherokee County Court Friday. Christopher Albert Tarantino and Lauren Crowe, former Murphy High School students, are on the administrative calender. Tarantino may find out if the state will seek the

Christopher Tarantino

Lauren Crowe

death penalty for his part in the July 10 murder of Crowe’’s mother, Janet Crowe. District Attorney Michael

Bonfoey said he will make the decision on whether to seek the death penalty or whether to try Tarantino for first degree murder without seeking the death penalty. Crowe was too young, 16, at the time of the murder to be subject to the death penalty. Tarantino was 17 at the time of the murder and is thus subject to the death penalty. Crowe is charged with First Degree Murder of her mother.

Overcrowding at Ranger discussed By Dwight Otwell Editor

Cherokee County School Board members are searching their brains to come up with a plan that will allow a limited budget to alleviate overcrowding at Ranger School. School board members Thursday threw out various ideas, from building new classrooms at the present site to building a new elementary or middle school. Ranger Principal Virginia Williams said the elemen-

tary/middle school is about 150 students over capacity and has almost as many mobile units for classrooms as regular classrooms. Williams presented a proposal to the board for an addition to the school. The new addition would be on the school side of Hardy Truett Road, the road that goes by the school. The addition would give each school grade level three rooms or approximately 20 additional rooms. Williams said 20 additional rooms are needed to get all the students out of closets

She is also charged with solicitation to commit murder for soliciting Tarantino. Tarantino is charged with First Degree Murder. Crowe was found dead on July 10 at the 910 Crowe Road home she shared with Lauren Crowe. She sustained multiple gunshot and stab wounds, law enforcement officers said. Bonfoey said dates for other motions by attorneys will

be discussed. All the hearings will take place in January or February, he said. Also, a possible trial date may be discussed, he said. No evidence will be presented. Crowe and Tarantino won’’t be tried together, Bonfoey said. The trials will ““take some time””, he said. When asked if any plea bargains have been discussed with attorneys for either defen-

dant, Bonfoey said that in any case before the court, there is always the discretion to discuss plea bargains. But that doesn’’t mean anything will come of the discussions, he said. The fatal blows were inflicted by Tarantino at night at Crowe’’s house, in Janet Crowe’’s bedroom, prosecutor Alan Leonard previously said in court. He alleges that See CROWE/TARANTINO page 5A

First Baptist Singing Christmas Tree

and mobile units. If that proposal were approved, Williams wants the board to petition the state Department of Transportation to close Hardy Truett Road and make it part of the campus. This is the cheapest alternative to relieving the severe overcrowding at Ranger and could cost around $3 million to $4 million, Williams said. However, she said the new addition would solve the overcrowding problem for only about five years. The plan See OVERCROWDING page 5A

Families escape Andrews fire By Dwight Otwell Editor

Two Andrews families escaped harm as their apartment building went up in flames early Monday morning. The Gibson Apartments, 49 Teas Street, caught fire shortly after 5 a.m. Two of the five apartments

were occupied. A man in one apartment woke up and noticed smoke, said Andrews Fire Chief Jake Buchanan Jr. The man crawled into the living room and saw the fire. He got his wife and three children, ranging in age from about 1 to 8, out of the apartment. Buchanan said it was a ““close call.””

““I am really glad there were no fatalities””, he said. The other family also got out safely without injury. Andrews Firefighter Paul Earwood was injured as he was inside one of the apartments trying to keep the fire from spreading. The ceiling fell on him, Buchanan said. Earwood See FIRE page 5A

Andrews Christmas parade Alice Blanton/Sentinel photo

The 27th Annual Singing Christmas Tree was held at Murphy First Baptist Church Saturday, Sunday and Monday. This year’’s production was ““One King””. John Hill directed the musical, which included a drama cast. Murphy First Baptist Church Pastor Woody Bush said the Singing Christmas Tree is the church’’s gift to the community.

NC tells TVA to stop polluting air By Dwight Otwell Editor

Wet and cold from the rain and wind, those involved Parade Saturday showed a sunny spirit.

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper is threatening to take the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to court for polluting North Carolina’’s air. TVA hasn’’t responded to Dennis Horne/Sentinel photo Cooper’’s call for TVA to comin the Andrews Christmas ply with federal law and reduce pollutants that result in dirty air See MORE PHOTOS page 3B over the mountains of western North Carolina. Cooper said he intends to take legal action to force coal-fired power plants operated by TVA to comply. TVA and the Environmental state a lot of our kids apply Protection Agency and environand aren’’t accepted,”” the mental administrators in Marble resident said. Tennessee, Kentucky and School Board Member Dr. Alabama wrote TVA a letter to David Ackerman liked the notify them that he intends to idea. Some of the local kids file suit in federal district court turned down by the state sys- if TVA will not agree to signifitem end up going to college cantly reduce pollution. out of state, which is much Cooper said several TVA more expensive. plants contribute significantly West said he got the idea to air quality problems in North from Texas, where the top 10 Carolina, resulting in adverse percent of high school seniors consequences to the health and are automatically accepted welfare of the citizens of the into the state college system. state. Students would still have to Cooper alleges that TVA violated New Source Review See WEST page 5A

West to push legislation to assure top students accepted at state colleges By Dwight Otwell Editor

The top 10 percent of graduating high school seniors would be assured of being accepted at state colleges if North Carolina Representative Roger West gets his way. West told the Cherokee

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County School Board Thursday that kids are being turned down by colleges in the state college system and he wants to present legislation that would guarantee that the top 10 percent of the graduating class are automatically accepted at state colleges. ““Here in the western part o f the

provisions of the federal Clean Air Act by modifying several of its coal-fired power plants without determining whether additional emission controls are necessary or installing the best available technology to control dirty air created by the plants. The letter cites nine TVA plants located in Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky. TVA spokesman Barbara Martocci said TVA doesn’’t agree with Copper’’s allegation. TVA is in compliance, she said. Martocci said TVA meets all Clean Air Act requirements. TVA has spent more than $4 billion since 1977 to reduce pollutants, she said. She said TVA has reduced sulfur dioxide by 76 percent and nitrogen oxide by 75 percent. ““We have done a great deal to reduce emissions already,”” Martocci said. TVA has six scrubbers operating and will build five additional scrubbers, she said. ““The additional scrubbers have taken an additional 200,000 tons of pollution a year out of the air,”” she said. In the letter, Cooper cited North Carolina’’s Clean Smokestacks Act, which he has

long encouraged other states to use as a model. ““By its enactment in 2002 of the Clean Smokestacks Act, North Carolina publicly committed to dramatic reductions in emissions from coal-fired power plants,”” he wrote. ““The state also was directed to aggressively pursue emissions reductions from out-of-state plants that are adversely affecting our air quality.”” There are no TVA coal powered plants in North Carolina. A spokesman from Cooper’’s office said nothing has yet been filed in court. The attorney general’’s office is looking at all options, he said. Martocci said that TVA knows that it has been part of the problem. ““Certainly, our emissions have an effect,”” she said. ““That is why we are doing what we do to reduce them. People need to look at all the sources of pollution, not just power plants. There are vehicles, open burning and natural emissions. You can’’t simply reduce one source and expect it to go away. The air has never been better than it is now across the TVA valley.”” See TVA page 5A

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CALENDAR Flying club The Overmountain Flyers meets the second Saturday of every month at the Andrews-Murphy Airport from 9 a.m. to noon. Occasional special events, such as fly-ins, will be held. For information, call 837-3468.

Jam Session

Crisp, 835-9429.

Reiki group A ““Reiki”” group has been formed and is meeting in the 409 Building, Suite D. For more information, call 644-9101.

Craft fun

Abuse support

A weekly Kids Craft Club is held on Saturdays at 2 Much Fun Toy Store, 27 Peachtree St., Murphy. Parents can drop their children off at 10 a.m. and pick them up at 11 a.m. Children will make a craft and take it home. The cost will be $5 per class. For more information, call 835-1234.

REACH holds a support group for adult survivors of child sexual abuse and incest. Meetings will be Thursdays, 4 to 5 p.m. at the REACH office, downtown Murphy.

Tops ““Take Off Pounds Sensibly”” meeting meets Mondays at 5 p.m. at the Glen Mary Hall on the Andrews Rd. Call 837-4587 or 837-4180 for more information. Andrews Tops meeting art 5 p.m. at the Andrews Church of God Fellowship Hall on Mondays. For information call 3215242.

MOPS MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is a nondenominational group of moms who meet every other Tuesday during the school year from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Murphy First Baptist Church. Call 837-2615 for more information.

Wood carving club Everyone is welcome to join a wood carving club —— experienced to beginners. Meetings will be held on the first and third Mondays of each month at the Martins Creek Community Center. For more information, call Jim Barton, 837-9736 or Bob

LUNA Moms Club LUNA Moms Club of Murphy, a group for mothers, is looking for participants interested in stroller walking, playgroup gatherings, and other activities. If you are interested in joining our group please call Katrina at 644-0707 or 361-2770.

Teen trouble? Are you a parent or guardian raising a teen and feel you just don’’t have all the answers? If you are interested in a parentled support group for individuals raising teens, contact Family Resources at 8373460.

Alcoholics Anonymous The Cherokee County Alcoholics Anonymous has scheduled meetings as follows: Tues., 7 p.m. and Sat., noon, Murphy Presbyterian Church (White House in rear); Wed., 8 p.m., United Methodist Church, Andrews, in the fellowship hall; Thursdays, 8 p.m., Murphy Medical Center, main conference room. For a complete area meeting schedule and more information, call 837-4440.


Call all pickers! Beginners to professional! ““AHA! Jam Session,”” every third Thursday, 5 p.m. until, Topton Community Center. Join us for some good old-timey picking and singing. Sponsored by the Appalachian Heritage Alliance. Dinner and program follow; call 828-479-8642 for more information.

People of Faith People of Faith Against the Death Penalty meets the first Monday of each month beginning at 7 p.m. Meetings are held at the Glen Mary House, next to St. William Catholic Church. For more information, call 837-0867.

Action team The Far West Small Scale Agricultural Action Team meets the second Monday of each month in the St. Andrews Lutheran Church community room, Andrews. All farmers from Clay, Graham, Swain, Cherokee counties and the Qualla Boundary are invited to participate. For more information, call Mary Janis, 828389-1913;

Roundtable The Far West Heritage Tourism Roundtable meets the first Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the St. Andrews Lutheran Church community room. Anyone interested in heritage tourism from Clay, Cherokee, Swain, Graham counties and the Qualla Boundary is invited to attend. Lunch will be served to those who RSVP to Mary Janis: 828-3891913;

The Andrews Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7620 hosts bingo every Saturday at the post home. Early bird games begin at 5:30 p.m. and regular games at 7 p.m. For information, call 3213901.


VFW meeting The Andrews Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7620 meets the third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m., post home. For infor., call 321-3901.

Crime Commission The Cherokee County Crime Commission meets the second Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m Programs and meeting place are announced each month..

Library news -Murphy Storytime is Mondays, 10 a.m. for ages 3 to 5, with fingerplays, stories, songs and more. Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Every Thursday night is movie night at the Murphy Public Library.

Andrews Storytime is Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. for ages 3 to 5 with stories, fingerplays and movies. Hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m

This sign was recently placed at the Fort Butler Monument park. People can purchase cedar benches and metal signs in memory of a loved one. A professional landscaper will lay out the park. Benches will be placed at intervals in the park. Left to right are Walt Shatluck, Pearce Dorrell, Gordon Staton, Nell White, Mary Ruth Keller and Angie Kephart. This park is a coordinated effort of the Murphy Civitan Club and the Cherokee County Historical Museum. TRISH GOLDEN/Sentinel photo

Wal-Mart gives to Heritage Partners

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A weekly story hour for children is being held at the Shoppes of Murphy every Saturday morning, 11 a.m. at the Curiosity Book Store, 46 Valley River Ave., in The Shoppes of Murphy. For more information, call 835-7433.

The Serenity Al-Anon Family Group meets at the Ranger United Methodist Church, 156 Ranger Road, Murphy, (west of Murphy off Highway 64). Al-Anon is a 12step recovery program for family and friends whose lives have been affected by someone else’’s drinking too much. The group meets every Thursday at the church from 4 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 644-9441 or 837-8672.

New sign begins start-up on Ft. Butler Park

Enjoy the Holidays at

Story hour

The Brasstown Community holds a potluck supper and meeting on the third Thursday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Brasstown Community Center, 255 Settawig Road, Brasstown.

Quilting Classes In Nonnie’’s Attic, formerly Barb’’s Quilting Quarters, is holding beginners quilting classes on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Please call 321-2800 for more information.


Kids Christmas Party

The N.C. Extension and Community Association Grape Creek Homemaker’’s Club meets the third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m., Grape Creek Community Center.

Saturday, December 18 from 1 - 3 p.m. Always an eagerly anticipated event at the Folk School, kids and adults from neighboring communities gather in the Keith House for a cheery afternoon of storytelling, music, games and a special visit from you know who.

Rod & Gun Club The Mountain Country Rod & Gun Club meets the third Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m., at the The Old Ivie Funeral Home next to the Methodist Church in downtown Murphy. U.S.F.S. will be speaking on wildlife and National Forest. For infor. call Bob Aseere, 644-0729 or Dick Miles, 644-5000. There will no meeting the month of December.

Peachtree community The Peachtree Comm. Club holds a potluck supper the first Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. at the Peachtree Community Center. Third Friday each month grocery bingo and games starting at 7:00 p.m.

Brasstown potluck

Andrews Library Closings Holiday closings for the Andrews Public Library will be Dec. 24-28. Special hours will be Dec. 28-30 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. The library will close again on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, 2005 and will reopen Monday Jan. 3.

Santa Clause

Santa Clause will be in Nonnie’’s Attic on December 18th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids of all ages are invited to come and see St. Nick and explain all the little check marks in the ““ Naughty”” column. We are located in White’’s Plaza, right down from the Radio Shack. 321-2800.

Local doctor attended scientific symposium in Fla. Dr. William Banks of the Smoky Mountain Foot Clinic recently attended a scientific symposium provided by the Podiatry Institute located in Jacksonville, Florida. The program offered new insights into the growing world of ““orthobiologics.”” This is a rapidly growing field that deals with bone healing through a variety of means, including electrical stimulation, bone grafting, platelet growth factors, and the use of medications to stimulate bone healing and bone growth. Other topics covered in the symposium were advanced

techniques for the treatment of bunions of the feet, as well as arthritic changes of the forefoot. These lectures included advances to implants or artificial joints for the big toe. Other topics included the use of shock wave therapy for heel pain and new techniques in the treatment of peripheral vascular disease for poor circulation. The doctors at the Smoky Mountain Foot Clinic routinely attend continuing education in order to provide the latest treatment modalities to their patients in western North Carolina.

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Barbara Hughes receives a check for $1,000 from WalMart store manager Blair Stanley. The bonus grant is for the Heritage Partners for Heritage Education and Environmental Preservation. The funds will be used for River Walk. Photo Credit / Sentinel photo

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This $1,000 donation from David and Donna Scheerer and Yellow Rose (an English Labrador retriever) is given to the sheriff's department for use in the highly successful canine drug program. Their hearts are with deputy Tory and know how difficult the loss of "Yacco" was to his family at work and at home. ““Our donation is from compassion and understanding. We wish for the deputy and his new Belgium pup to have a great and long partnership.””

FEMA deadline around the corner December 17 is the deadline for western North Carolinians to register for federal assistance in recovering from hurricanes Frances and Ivan. The only way people can even be considered for assistance is if they have registered by December 17, so it is crucial that anyone who sustained damage from the storms register by this deadline.

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OPINION Who we are: Dwight Otwell

From the porch By Dwight Otwell I came away from a weekend in Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg fat, entertained, with an empty wallet, an unwashed hand and a thankfulness for home. Susan and I had never seen the Christmas lights of the tourist mecca so we made it our fourth anniversary trip.

Dwight Otwell is editor of the Cherokee Sentinel Newspaper. He covers news, features and business stories throughout the county.

Alice Blanton

The fat part came from the gigantic and delicious meals we consumed. Friday night we ate at the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant, part of the Apple Barn complex. Everything I was told about the restaurant was true. It was great. We were seated at a table with porch swings as seats. I had to get into a rhythm to eat. With the upswing to the table I forked my food and ate it on the backswing. As I approached the table again I was ready to spear my food. However, this was especially difficult with soup.

Alice Blanton is an ad sales associate and staff writer for the Sentinel Newspapers. Her main beat is in Andrews.

Trish Golden

Trish Golden is a full-time editorial assistant and graphic artist. She is a life-long resident of Cherokee County.

Megan Sills

I was relieved when Susan told me I didn’’t have to swing like a wild man. Dining was much easier as I sat calmly eating, saving the swinging for later. The meal started with apple fritters with apple butter. They were scrumptious. The homemade vegetable soup and biscuits were fantastic. My main dish was chicken and dumplings and homemade mashed potatoes. I also had fried apples. The meal came with dessert but we had to put that and some leftover apple fritters in a box to take home. We liked the meal here so much that we returned Saturday night. I had prime rib as my main course. Someone told us that a celebrated Christmas parade was scheduled Friday night in Gatlinburg. We decided to go,

since we planned to ride around and look at the Christmas lights anyway. We had to park about a mile away from the parade. It was cold, but the floats and marching bands warmed us up. My favorite entry in the parade was the washing machine, rolling all around the streets, trailing an electric chord. Dancing boxes of Tide and Cheer accompanied the washing machine, which was an entry of a local laundry ““Duds N Suds””. Our wonderful meals were offset somewhat by our continental breakfast at our hotel. Sugary, little donuts and instant grits that were apparently left over from Sherman’’s march through Georgia were our morning fare. All weekend, I had to get used to big city traffic again. We crept in stop and go traffic everywhere we went. My hybrid car could only get 33 miles per gallon in this type of traffic. It usually gets 46 to 50 miles per gallon. Susan wanted to complete her Christmas shopping at some of the outlet stores. While there was some interesting merchandise in the stores, I became interested in the men, apparently tagging along with their wives. Some of the men stood around with their hands in their pockets, looking vacantly into space. They were probably visualizing the opening kickoff of their favorite college teams. Others stood behind their wives in the ““yes dear”” syndrome. Many of the men looked like they hadn’’t had so much fun since their last visit to the proctologist. Saturday night we went to the Louise Mandrell Theater. I’’m not sure how old Louise Mandrell is, but she said she is five and a half years younger than her sister Barbara Mandrell. She is no spring chicken. But she played several musi-

A Senior Moment By Ron Mack

What’’s Wrong With a Little Political Correctness?

Megan Sills, a long-time resident of Cherokee County, joins the Cherokee Sentinel staff as editorial assistant. She lives in the Grape Creek community with her husband and their 1-year-old daughter.

Even to mention the phrase, ““Political Correctness””, causes otherwise sane men and women to rant, rave, and generally make

Debbie Walker

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To the Editor

We went into the glitz

fools of themselves. And we seniors, because we are older, are sometimes more guilty of this than our younger folks. As a group we tend to be more resistant to change. Let’’s examine the roots of political correctness. Most of you are old enough to remember all of the derogatory, demeaning names we both gave and received. What a sad list of names! There was ““Nigger, kike, wop, spic, Pollock, kraut, gook, slant-eye, rag-head,”” to name just a few. They were abusive and insulting! Remember the ethnic jokes and slurs. Remember the disrespectful names given to women such as ““broad and dame.”” If a man was outspoken and ambitious, he was aggressive. If a woman was outspoken and ambitious, she was a ““pushy broad.”” The purpose of Political Correctness was to eliminate, or at least decrease the slurs with which we attacked others. Political correctness was not meant to eliminate dissent. It was not meant to denigrate who we are. Political correctness does not eliminate free speech in an open forum, but it should not allow meanness, incitement, slander, and libel. We may not agree with the speaker, but we also have the choice of whether or not to listen to him or her, and if we do decide to listen, then we can choose to agree or disagree, follow or oppose, or simply to ignore what they said. That is freedom of choice.

I may or may not agree with displaying the confederate battle flag in front yards and on pickup trucks, but I respect the right of those who do so. I may not agree with an individual’’s liberal or conservative attitudes, but I respect their right to both think and speak of them. I may not agree with an individual’’s religious beliefs, but

Mayor Bill Hughes says thanks I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who worked so hard in making this year’’s Christmas activities successful. The tree lighting downtown, caroling at the L&N Depot, and the Christmas parade didn’’t just happen, many good people working hard made them happen. I think we have a beautiful little town. These activities make it batter. Thank You! Bill Hughes, Mayor cal instruments, including a horn, the guitar, a violin and the drums. She also acted, sang and danced around, doing acrobatic maneuvers. She seemed to do a little of everything. I expected her to dive into a Pepsi Cola bottle next. But the best part was that she ran around the theater during one number greeting the audience. I touched her hand. That’’s why I came back home with an unwashed hand. Sunday, we attended the famous Dixie Stampede. I was interested to see how Susan, very etiquette conscious, would take to eating without silverware. She actually did very well and didn’’t complain once. We had soup, in a cup with a handle, biscuits, a whole rotisserie chicken, pork, potatoes and a dessert. The Christmas show was very entertaining. One thing I found very encouraging was that both Christmas shows we attended gave tribute to Jesus. Louise Mandrell said it is her theater and she can talk and sing about Jesus if she wishes. After all, Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ. While we had a great time on our weekend outing, I was very glad to get back to the quiet streets of Murphy. I’’ll never again complain about waiting for a few cars to pass before I can turn. they are free to worship and believe as they please. As long as they don’’t infringe on my rights, United States citizens can believe, speak, worship, watch, listen, and read whatever they want. So, in my humble opinion, I believe Political Correctness, when properly and judiciously applied is simply another way of exercising the ““Golden Rule.”” ““Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”” Viso Gero!

Cabbage Patch Kids leave a big mark By Donna Walp Guest writer I had an experience yesterday that I did not fully grasp until later on. My sister-in-law wanted to get some Cabbage Patch Kids for her granddaughters for Christmas. She and I travelled to Cleveland, Georgia where they originated. We were the only ones around when we arrived. The pleasant greeter at the desk said to ““go right on in,”” so we entered the first room of dolls. All of these dolls had cloth heads as well as bodies. We laughed when we saw a sign on the wall stating something about seeing an attendant for prices as it was thought having a price might scare the babies. I picked up a darling in a pink dress and checked the trademark signature on her lower hip, without thinking I was handling one of the originals. I have a Cabbage Patch Kid of my own. I found her at a garage sale for $1 some years ago. I can still remember how forlorn she looked, with her synthetic hair askew. Someone had taken a ball point pen and marked her plastic face badly. I immediately picked her up and held her, knowing then I would not lay her back down to possibly be thrown out with the trash when the sale was over at the end of the day. I once had bright red hair myself and found a kinship in that. She was not responsible for what had happened to her. When I got home, with absolutely nothing to lose, I grabbed a wet rag and the cleanser and scrubbed her face. Almost to my surprise, the ink came off. Then I took off her dirty white dress with the blue and white checked trim and washed it, along with her arms and legs. I untangled and smoothed her long

red hair and gathered it into the characteristic ponytail. I swear, when got her back together the smile on her face was more genuine than the one that was molded. She came alive again. Back at the Cabbage Patch home, we enjoyed many more original dolls. Some in display cases, some in incubators, some in beds, etc. We began to shop. We were overwhelmed with the abundance and selection. Marvelously soft and cuddly stuffed animals of all kinds. Also a smaller version of the huge stork we had seen. A haven for grandparents. There was a loud speaker announcement of the coming of a new baby under the big tree if we would like to attend the birth. There was already a room full of shoppers to see what was about to happen when we arrived at the tree. A nurse in white stood under the expanse of the tree. She was up high enough that not too many details would be displayed above the foliage. She stood aside to display a TV monitor, telling us this was about to show us whether this baby was a boy or girl. Knowing children are much more aware these days about anatomy, I was personally relieved when the screen came up pink to show us this baby was a girl. I was pleased when I realized I happened to be standing next to the proud new mother. It was a wonderful experience. Sitting here reflecting, I am aware that I already experienced one of the joys of Christmas. I have felt the profound joy I had as a little girl with a new doll.

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NEWS & JUMPS Crowe/Tarantino:State to seek death Continued from page 1A

Tarantino shot Janet Crowe four times with Lauren Crowe nearby. Since Janet Crowe wasn’t dead, Tarantino stabbed her several times in the chest and back, Leonard said. Then, Tarantino took a knife and cut Janet Crowe’s throat and she

bled to death, he said. “This defendant (Lauren Crowe) didn’t like her mother’s control and her mother didn’t like her to be around Tarantino,” Leonard said. “This is a vicious and brutal murder.” Lauren Crowe’s attorney,

Karla Wood, said Tarantino did all the acts (striking blows), not Lauren Crowe. Although she was in the house at the time of the murder, there is no evidence that she did any of the acts to commit the murder, Wood said.

West: 10% of students to be accepted Continued from page 1A

pay tuition and costs. Board Member Tim West said he would like to see a higher percentage of students automatically accepted. “I don’t think we are going to get it any higher,” West said. “It will be a battle. The University of North Carolina College system will fight it. They don’t like it.” Board Member Dr. Brian Mitchell said many of Cherokee County’s students fulfill the academic requirements to be accepted into the

state system. “I think the top 10 percent of our students will be well qualified to attend. It will have to be spelled out who the top 10 percent of our students are.” In another matter, the board recognized four new National Board Certified teachers. The teachers are Ben Joyner, a math teacher at Murphy Elementary, Vivian Johnson, a media coordinator at Ranger Elementary/Middle, Tonia Forrister, a teacher at Ranger Elementary and Amy Porter, a

middle school math teacher at Martins Creek Elementary/Middle School. The teachers were awarded lap top computers. Jamie Barnett was recertified. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeanette Hedrick said the Cherokee County School System has about 46 national board certified teachers, which is a very high ratio compared to other school systems in the state.

Ranger School:overcrowding discussed Continued from page 1A

would not require migration of students to Ranger from Martins Creek and Hiwassee Dam schools. “If even a third of (new) housing developments (in the district) have half their lots sold to people with children, this will last only five years,” she said. Finance Officer Terelle Beaver said the $3 million to $4 million figure is only a guess. Services of an engineer and architect are needed, she said. The pay-back on a loan for construction is usually 15 years, she said. Williams said what she would really like to see and what is needed is a separate middle school for Ranger on the same property. That would mean purchasing more land and would be more costly than an addition, she said. Some school board members called a new addition at Ranger a bandaide, which will solve the problem only for a short time. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeanette Hedrick said it is possible to have two schools on

the Ranger site with the purchase of additional land. One option would be to turn the existing school into a middle school and build a new elementary school. That would be “much cheaper” than keeping the existing school as an elementary school and building a new middle school, she said. State requirements are that a new middle school have 15 acres plus one additional acre for each 100 students and a new elementary school have 10 acres plus an additional acre for each 100 students. Hedrick said she believes land is available to purchase adjacent to Ranger school. “I believe we should plan for what we need and I think we need to plan for the next 10 years,” said Board Member Dr. David Ackerman. “I think this (classroom additions) will solve our problem only for three years.” Board Vice-Chairman Dr. Brian Mitchell said he wants options and information about transportation, playing fields, acreage needed, etc. concerning a new school or classroom

addition. Mitchell said the issue of objections from Martins Creek students and faculty over moving to a new western school can’t be ignored. “I don’t support Martins Creek School going into a new middle school,” Mitchell said. “They made such a clear issue of it. We should expand that school (Martins Creek).” Mitchell said the board still believes there should be three high schools in the county. He said he would like to see a new middle school in the district and Hiwassee Dam High School preserved. The board set a work session concerning the Ranger situation for the first week in January. The board hopes to set a joint work session with the board of county commissioners shortly after their work session to discuss what to do about Ranger overcrowding. The board approved a motion by Ackerman to allow up to $10,000 for architectural/consultation on the various options for Ranger School.

TVA: NC tells TVA to stop polluting Continued from page 1A

In March of this year, Cooper filed a petition under Section 126 of the Clean Air Act asking the federal government to force coal-fired power plants in 13 other states to cut down on pollution they are contributing to North Carolina. The North Carolina

General Assembly approved the Clean Smokestacks Act in 2002 in an effort to clean the air, which lawmakers said would lead to fewer cases of lung disease and asthma, less smog and acid rain and lower mercury levels in the state’s waterways. They say dirty air reduces visibility in the North

Carolina mountains, where vistas are an important draw for the tourism industry. Dirty air also costs people and business in increased doctor and hospital visits, higher health insurance costs and lost productivity due to illness, Cooper said.

Fire: Family escapes fire in Andrews Continued from page 1A

was treated and released from the hospital. He suffered a dislocated shoulder, Buchanan said. Cause of the fire is under investigation but it appears that it started in the living room of the family with three children, Buchanan said. The apartment was in the middle of the building and got into the attic.

Cherokee County Fire Marshall W.C. King said the fire spread quickly through the common attic from one end of the building to the other. Andrews Firefighter Chuck Reid said the fire was fully involved when firefighters arrived on the scene. Buchanan said the building is probably a total loss.

The two families living in the building lost everything, he said. Responding to the fire were the Andrews Fire Department, Valleytown Fire Department, the Andrews Rescue Squad, the Murphy Fire Department, the Peachtree Fire Department and the Andrews Police Department.

TCCC business club hosts third graders The Eta Tau chapter of Alpha Beta Gamma (ABG), a national Business Honor Society, welcomed 280 third grade students to the main campus of Tri-County Community College (TCCC) for a Fire Safety Awareness Day. The event was held in cooperation with the TCCC Division of Continuing Education and its Fire and Rescue Training Center staff. In addition, members of the Andrews, Brasstown, Murphy and Peachtree volunteer fire departments assisted in the demonstrations. According to Jenny Mashburn, President of the college ABG chapter, all of the third grade classes in Cherokee, Clay and Graham counties were invited.

Attendees included students, teachers and chaperones from Andrews, Hiwassee Dam, The Learning Center, Peachtree, Ranger and Robbinsville. The program began at the TCCC Fire and Rescue Training Center with a tour of the facility and a live burn. Sparky the Firedog also visited with the students and posed for photographs. Most of the students were allowed to not only hold a fire hose, but also direct a stream of water from the hose. Demonstrations were presented on the elements of full "turn-out" gear, including oxygen tanks and various firefighting equipment and apparatus. The business club also presented each student with a "goodie packet" that included

a fire safety coloring book, candy and gift items. "We were very fortunate that the day was sunny and cool and the students were very well behaved, but enthusiastic," said Mashburn. "The teachers were also very supportive and asked us to please consider repeating the event again next fall, and I believe plans are already underway." ABG was established in 1970 to recognize and encourage scholarship among twoyear college students in business curricula. Students must be enrolled in a business related program of study, have at least 12 hours toward a business-related degree and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better to be in the National Honor Society.

Murphy Public Library to show Canadian film about growing up in the 60's. What do you know about taken place in Murphy. It's different roles each of us has the 1960's? Does the Cuban about caring for the people in the family circle and the Missile Crisis and President who seem to be doing their balancing act needed to keep Kennedy come to mind? Do best to drive you crazy. It's the family going. This film contains adult you think of hippies and the about protecting the one in the anti-war movement? If you family who is the most fragile. situations and is not suitable grew up in the 60's, then you It's about recognizing that the for children. There is no may remember fear of The strongest person in a family is charge. The public is welBomb. And if you were a also fragile. It's about sisters come. For further informateenager in the 60's, then you getting along and getting into tion, call the library at 837remember what all teenagers each other's hair. It's about the 2417. remember: rebelling. The next film at the Murphy Large selection of Public Library covers all this pre-owned territory. "Falling Angels" is motorcycles about the Field family: three sisters growing up in the 60's FULL with a bomb shelter in their SERVICE backyard and a dysfunctional DEPARTMENT EXTENDED HOURS family in the house. It's a CHRISTMAS SALE Custom dark, witty award winner by Items from 10-50% off. Great Gift Ideas! painting, Canadian filmmaker, Scott parts and Clocks • Zippo’s • Patches • Helmets • Stickers Smith, and will be shown at accessories Novelties • Body Jewelry • Biker Apparel • Lingerie the library on Thursday, for all models Other Intimate Apparel December 16 at 6 PM. of bikes The three sisters are in Jackets and chaps as low as $89 Stop in and their teens and at the point register to 2068 Hwy. 76 W., Hiawassee, Georgia win a free where they are desperate to motorcycle lift! 706-896-5073 find happiness out in the real world while still trying to CYCLE-LOCO, YOUR #1 STOP BIKE SHOP come to terms with what they have at home. That includes a depressed mother (played by two-time Golden Glob winner, Miranda Richardson) who quietly lies on the couch watching TV and drinking all day. And a father (the favorite Canadian actor, Callum Keith Rennie) who runs the house like a boot camp including drills in case of The Bomb. The film is based on a novel by Canadian writer, Barbara Gowdy. Gowdy instructed the screenwriter, Esta Spalding, to simply make sure the characters were true. As a result, Spalding, a published poet and novelist, has created characters with depth and a balance of both humor and drama. For instance, there's the family secret, which explains a lot about the dysfunction of the parents. But knowing a secret doesn't always make life easier. And each member of the family deals with it in a different way, just like in real life. All this takes place in Saskatchewan. But like many of the films shown at the library, it could as easily have

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RELIGION Christmas-A season to like

CHURCH DIRECTORY APOSTOLIC CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ 591 Sunnyside Road, Hwy 288 Hiawassee, GA. 706-896-6435 Pastor Barry Dotson, licensed with Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ. Services: Sun. —— 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wed. —— 7:30 p.m. ASSEMBLY OF GOD Mt. Calvary Christian Fellowship Formely-Victorious Temple Pastor John Soroka Murphy 828-837-0155 BAPTIST Bates Creek Baptist Rev. Roy Graves, pastor 828-837-5919. Boiling Springs Baptist Rev. Eddis Dockery 828-837-9463. Calvary Baptist Church Regal Street, Murphy Cornerstone Baptist Church Pastor: Mitch Rhinehardt 81 Regan Ave., Andrews, next to Peachtree Industries. First Baptist Church of Andrews Pastor —— Dr.Tommy D. Lamb Worship service: 10:45 a.m. 1606 Bus. 19, Andrews 828-321-5112 First Baptist Church of Murphy Dr. Woodrow Busch, pastor 517 Hiawassee St., Murphy 828-837-2615 Grace Fellowship Baptist Church Mark Chase, Pastor Andrews Town Plaza, Andrews, NC 828-321-6017 Grandview Baptist Rev. Lawrence English, pastor 828-837-0691 Grape Creek Baptist Pastor Bob Gardner, 5485 Joe Brown Hwy.Murphy NC Sun. morning service 9:45, worship serv. 11:00, Sunday nights 6:00 pm; Wed. 7:00 pm Hanging Dog Baptist Church Rev. Hadley Shields, Res. 706-374-5385, Church 828-837-5160 Res. 706-374-5385, Mount Moriah Pastor Jerry Morrow SS 10:00; Worship Service 11:00; Sun. Nights 6:00, Wed. nights 6:30 Mt. Zion Baptist Church Pastor Ronnie Dilbeck 828-837-8116. New Martin’’s Creek Rev. Paul Ray Morgan SS, 10 a.m., worship service 11 am Sun. night , 6:30; Wed. 7pm Red Marble Baptist Pastor Mickey Stewart SSl, 10 a.m., worship service 11 a.m. Sun night, 6:30pm, Wed. 7 pm Unaka Baptist Church Joe Brown Highway SS 10 a.m., worship service 11 a.m. Sunday night 7pm; Wed. 7pm. Pastor Warren Golden 828-835-3840 ROMAN CATHOLIC Catholic Church of Saint William 765 Andrews Rd, Murphy 837-2000. Services: Sat mass. 6PM, Sun. 11 AM Holy Redeemer Catholic Church 214 Aquone Road, Andrews 321-4463 Sun. Mass: 11am & 3:30pm Conf. 1 hr. before Sun. Mass Immaculate Heart of Mary Hwy. 65 West, Hayesville 837-2220 Mass Schedule: Sat. 4:00 PM Sunday 9:00 AM. CHURCH OF CHRIST Church of Christ Pastor Jake Padgett Hwy 64, Murphy 828-837-4371. Church of Christ Minister, Marcus Sparks Corner of 3rd & Walnut St., Andrews •• 828-321-2337. CHURCH OF GOD Hayesville Church of God 828-389-8248 CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE Hayesville Church of the Nazarene Pastor Terry L. Hensley

By Keith Willliamson plump old man in a red suit that jumps down chimneys and delivers presents. He travels all over the world in one night in a sleigh pulled by reindeer. I never have figured out how those reindeer fly, but I like the story.

5760 Hwy 64, 5 mi. W. of Hayesville •• 828-389-6358 EPISCOPAL Episcopal Church of the Messiah Rev. Claude Stewart, Interim Across from the courthouse in Murphy 828-837-2021

CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST LATTER DAY STAINT Latter-Day Saints Murphy Branch President - Tom Booth Hwy. 141 in Peachtree Community, 828-835-3955 LUTHERAN St. Andrew Lutheran Church Rev. George L. Simmons 882 Main Street, Andrews 828-321-4656 METHODIST Bellview United Methodist Church Pastor Patt Miller Moccasin Creek Rd. , Murphy near GA/NC state line & east of US 129 First United Methodist Rev. George Yates 371 Valley River Ave., Murphy 828-837-2718 Reid’’s Chapel Pastor Mark Handy 4281 Lower Bear Paw Rd (Hiwassee Dam area) Murphy, NC Sunday Worship 9:30am; Wed, Bible Study 7:00 pm Andrews United Methodist 101 Chestnut St., Andrews SS 9:45am; worship, 11am; middle/senior high youth, 6pm; Mon., UM Kids Choir, 3:15 p.m.; Wed., middle/senior high youth, 5:15 pm; food, faith, fellowship, 6 pm; choir practice, 7:30 pm Pastor Rev. Benny Clodfelter and Rev. Harry Hawk Secretary —— Margie Carpenter 828-321-5216 NON-DENOMINATIONAL Full Gospel Business Men Fellowship International Host Don Hunt, every Tues. breakfast, 7 a.m., Country Cottage Restaurant, Hayesville. 828-389-0140 Light of HIs Glory Worship Center Rev. Harvey & Jody Glass Peace Valley Campground - Murphy NC 1 1/2 miles eas of Wal-mart (828) 644-0795 10:30am Sunday, 7:00 P.M. Wed. Healing Rally 1st Sun. of each month at 6:00 P.M. On Fire Family Church 10:00 AM Morning Services, Children’’s Church during services. Wednesday night Prayer Service at 7:00 pm PRESBYTERIAN Andrews Presbyterian PCA Church Rev. Gary Litchfield Corner of Cherry St. & Aquone Rd., Andrews\andrews_pc Murphy Presbyterian Church Pastor Alan Wildsmith Sunday School 9:44, Worship Service, 11:00 Phone: 828-837-6153 Providence Presbyterian Church 2252 Harshaw Road, Murphy. Pastor James J. Conrad 828-837-9412 SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST Seventh Day Adventist Andrews Pastor Richard Perkins Corner of Aquone & Macon 321-5099 Worship service 9:30 a.m., Sabbath school 11a.m., Saturdays Seventh Day Adventist Murphy Pastor Richard Perkins Hwy 64 West 837-0134 Sabbath school, 9:30 a.m., worship service 11 a.m., Saturdays

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OBITUARIES Harold Stilwell ““Mr. Pumber”” DeVore

Harold James Mason World War II Veteran

A master plumber

Harold Stilwell ““Mr. Plumber”” DeVore, 95, of Murphy, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004, at the Murphy Medical Center Nursing Home in Murphy. He was a native of Monroe County, Ohio, and had lived in Murphy for the past seventeen years. Mr. DeVore was a master plumber and owned and operated his plumbing business located on Highway 64 West. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. He was a son of the late Rowley Lilburn and Lulu Lucas DeVore. Mr. Devore is survived by his loving wife of seventy-six years,

Mary Elsie Swearengin DeVore; three sons and their wives, Larry and Carol DeVore of Orange City, Florida, Ronnie and Shirley DeVore of Defuniak Springs, Florida, and Lonnie and Darling DeVore of Deltona, Florida; six daughters, Donna DeVore of Murphy, Rita Conrad of Bascom, Florida, Bonnie Hesler and husband, Tom of Copperhill, Tennessee, and Mary Smith and husband Christy, Carol Wilkerson and husband, Charles, and Cheryl Morris and husband Marvin, all of Orlando, Florida; twenty-nine grandchildren; several greatgrandchildren and great-greatgrandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Dec. 10 at the Townson Rose Funeral Home Chapel in Murphy. Pastor Richard Perkins officiated. Burial was in the Memory Hills Cemetery in Murphy. Pallbearers were grandsons. Townson Rose Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. The Sentinel extends condolences to the Harold Stilwell DeVore family.

Frank L. Watson Retired counselor in N.C. Prison System Frank L. Watson, 82, of Marble, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004, in a Cherokee County care facility. A native of Muldrow, Oklahoma, he moved to Cherokee County in 1944. He was the son of the late Clarence C. and Myrtle Cook Watson. He was a retired counselor for hard core youth offenders in the N.C. Prison System. He was a member of the Vengeance Creek Baptist Church. His hobbies included reading, and Frank had written and published a book entitled ““Been There and Back.”” Surviving are his wife, Ruth Thompson; two sons, John Watson and wife, Beth, of Acworth, Georgia, and Lane Watson of Kansas City, Missouri; two grandchildren, Dr. Christopher Watson and wife, Jennifer, and Allison Prohl and husband, Curtis; and a

great-granddaughter, Gracie Prohl. Funeral services were Dec. 9 in the Vengeance Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Fred Lunsford officiating. Burial was in the Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Jerry Ledbetter, Louis Oliver, Marvin Guffey, Jim Rogers, Kendall Barnett, and Jerry McColley. The family requests memorials be made to the Vengeance Creek Baptist Church, P.O. Box 253, Marble, N.C. 28905. Ivie Funeral Home in Murphy was in charge of all arrangements. An online guest register is available at ““Obituaries”” at The Sentinel extends condolences to the Frank L. Watson family.

Harold Mason of Topton, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004, in a Graham County care center surrounded by family members. He was the son of the late Royal and Bertha Gregory Mason and was preceded in death by his beloved son, H. Lynn Mason. He was a Veteran of World War II and served as a Sergeant in the Army in the Asiatic Pacific. Harold worked for large construction firms in various states before returning to Cherokee County to work with his brother-in-law, Doug Postell, as a carpenter and concrete mason. Harold was an avid sports fan and boxed in the army; he was also an expert table tennis player and was challenged constantly by friends, family, and players he met during his jobs away from home. Harold loved his extended family and spent most of his adult life traveling, picnicking, eating out, and having fun with them. Losing a loved one at this time of the year is difficult; however, God moves in mysterious ways. During this holiday, friends and family of Harold’’s will remember his laughable spirit and the belief that loving each other is indeed the greatest gift we can give. They will always hold funny

Don L. Mayberry Retired from the textile industry

Rachel Martin Hodges Enjoyed gardening, music & grandchildren

Rachel Martin Hodges, 69, of Hayesville, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, at her residence. She was a native of Clay County where she had lived most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Harve and Etta Jones Martin. She enjoyed gardening, music, and her grandchildren. Rachel was a member of the Martin Hill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by one sister, Della Mae Martin, and three brothers, William, Zed, and Walter Martin. Surviving are a daughter, Sharon Hollifield and husband, John of Hayesville; two sons, Chad

Hodges and wife, Lee Ann, of Warne, and Dexter Hodges, of Hayesville; three brothers, Aden and Richard Martin, both of Hayesville, and Melvin Martin of Concord; and four grandchildren, Matthew, and Nathan Hollifield, and Mariah, and Reid Hodges. Funeral services were held Dec. 11 in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home in Hayesville, with the Rev. Jimmy Rogers officiating. Burial was in the Martin Family Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mike and Dennis Martin, Larry Rumfelt, Trent Proctor, Rich Garretson, and Ernest Rogers. The family requests memorials be made to the Good Shepherd Home Health and Hospice Agency, P.O. Box 465, Hayesville, N.C. 28904. Ivie Funeral Home in Hayesville was in charge of all arrangements. An online guest register is available at ““Obituaries”” at The Sentinel extends condolences to the Rachel Martin Hodges family.

John Michael Hogsed Florida and Atlanta Resident John Michael Hogsed, 54 of Odessa, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia died November 21 in Odessa, Fla. Mr. Hogsed was born March 25, 1952 to the late Leonard Hogsed and Romona Bates Hogsed. He was the grandson of the late Charlie and Bessie Bates. Survivors include mother, Romona Bates Hogsed of Odessa, Fla. and Atlanta, Ga., formerly of Unaka; sister and brother-in-law,

Sharon and Ron Ledford of Tampa, Fla.; and brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Adel Hogsed of Atlanta, Ga. Many of family members and friends also survive. Service information will be announced at a later date. This notice courtesy of the Cochran Funeral Home of Murphy. The Sentinel extends condolences to the John Michael Hogsed family.

stories and warm memories of him in their hearts as he had always kept these loving recollections in his. Surviving are his wife, Bobbie Postell Mason; a daughter, Leslie and husband Keith Henry, of Andrews; a nephew who grew up in the home, Randy Mason, of Pell City, Alabama; Ron Mason, also a nephew who assisted in his health care in his later years; a sister, Jean Gibson of Bethlehem,Georgia; a brother, DeWitt Mason of Topton; three grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Candice Mason, Colby Orr, and Skee Or; and many family members, in-laws, nieces and nephews of whom he was very fond. Funeral services were held in the Red Marble Baptist Church with the Revs. Lewis Welch, Mickey Stewart, Daniel Stewart, France Postell, and Maeburl Tincher presiding. Interment was Tuesday morning in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Colby and Skee Orr, Randy and Ron Mason, Doug Postell, and Gary Solesbee. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the Red Marble Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Martha Postell, 1201 Red Marble Road, Andrews, N.C. 28901, or to the H. Lynn Mason Scholarship Fund, c/o United Community band, Andrews, N.C. 28901. Ivie Funeral Home in Andrews was in charge of the arrangements. An online guest register is available at ““Obituaries”” at The Sentinel extends condolences to the Harold James Mason family.

Don L. Mayberry, 85, of Reservoir Road, Murphy, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, at his home after a period of declining health. A native of Cookeville, Tennessee, he had lived in Cherokee County all his life and was of the Baptist faith. He had worked in the textile industry. Don was a son of the late Clarence and Daisy Mae Stewart Mayberry and was preceded in death by two great-grandchildren, Faith Hope Mayberry and Joseph Cody Mayberry; three brothers, Winter V. ““Doc”” Mayberry, Harold Mayberry and Willard Mayberry;

and a sister, Nellie Mayberry. He is survived by his wife of forty-three years, Georgia Mozelle James Mayberry; two sons, Charles Mayberry and his wife Maxine, and Danny Mayberry, all of Murphy; three daughters, Georgia and husband James Tanner of the Peachtree Community in Murphy, Eleen and husband David Young, of Marble, and Rosie Mayberry of Robbinsville; eleven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Dec. 10 at the Townson Rose Funeral Home Chapel in Murphy. The Rev. Aud Brown officiated. Burial was Saturday, Dec. 11 in the Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Murphy. Pallbearers were Randy Freeman, Traz Killian, Justin Mickens, Raymond Cote, Terry Williams and James Tanner. Townson Rose Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. The Sentinel extends condolences to the Don L. Mayberry family.

Ora Mae Floyd Totherow A homemaker

Ora Mae Floyd Totherow, 80, of Dallas, formerly of Murphy, died Friday, Dec. 10, 2004, at the Gaston Memorial Hospital in Gastonia. A native of Murphy, she had lived in Gastonia the last few years. She was a member of the Bear Paw Baptist Church and was a homemaker. Mrs. Totherow was a devoted mother and loved spending time with her grandchildren. She loved her church and Christian friends and gardening. She was a daughter of the late Charlie Monroe and Dora Clark Floyd and was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Shirdon George Totherow; one son, Shirdon Totherow, Jr.; one

Adrienne Dannielle Floyd Enjoyed singing, playing guitar Adrienne Dannielle Floyd, 18, of Hiwassee Dam Access Road, Murphy, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004, at the Murphy Medical Center in Murphy. A lifelong resident of Cherokee County, Adrienne was a student, and a member of the Fields of the Wood Church of God of Prophecy. She enjoyed singing, playing the guitar and listening to music. She was a daughter of the late Lisa Michelle Harrison Floyd, who died in 1996, and was preceded in death by her brother, John Ernest Floyd who died April 1, 2004; maternal grandmother, Janice Lee McJunkin Weaver, who died March 29, 2004; and her paternal grandmother, Mamie L. Price. Adrienne is survived by her father, Jefferson Daniel Floyd of the Hiwassee Dam Community; a close friend, Sheena Morrow of Hiwassee Dam; paternal grandfather, Ernest Floyd of Hiwassee Dam; maternal grandfather, Martin Harrison of Athens, Tennessee; maternal great-grandparents, Mae Belle Rose Taylor and John Taylor of Murphy; half-brothers Jonathan

U. S. Navy Veteran Oberlin, Ohio; a brother, Jim Woodrum of Oberlin and Paul Woodrum of Elyria, Ohio; and four grandchildren, Luke, Logan, Amanda, and Ryan. Funeral services were Dec. 11 in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home in Hayesville, with the Rev. Keith Nuckolls and Troy Long officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Truett Memorial Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 464, Hayesville, N.C. 28904, or the Meadow Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Carolyn Dendy, 30 Slave Drive, Hayesville, N.C. 28904. Ivie Funeral Home in Hayesville was in charge of all arrangements. An online guest register is available at ““Obituaries”” at The Sentinel extends condolences to the Wendell Lee Woodrum family.

Avery Floyd of Murphy, and Jason J. Floyd and Aaron D. Floyd, both of Franklin; half-sisters, Jessica Angel Floyd Maddy of Franklin, and Peggy Lynn Rary of Conyers, Georgia. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 16, at Reid’’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Murphy. The Revs. Calvin Murphy and Ray Morrow will officiate. Burial will be in the Reid’’s Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15 at the Townson Rose Funeral Home in Murphy. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Adrienne Dannielle Floyd to the Reid’’s Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund in care of Alex Starks, 3071 Hiwassee Dam Access Road, Murphy, N.C. 28906. Townson Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. The Sentinel extends condolences to the Adrienne Dannielle Floyd family.

Murphy man to lead Baptist group

Wendell Lee Woodrum Wendell Lee Woodrum, 72, of Hayesville, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004, in a Clay County care facility. A native of Bidwell, Ohio, he was the son of Elizabeth Rutan Woodrum of Oberlin, Ohio, and the late Irvin Lee Woodrum. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the U. S. Navy. Wendell was a truck driver, retiring in 1995 and he had also worked for Brasstown Valley Resort for six years. He was a former member of the Moose Lodge in Winter Haven, Florida. He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Woodrum. Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his wife of 47 years, Carol Ann Geist Woodrum; three daughters, Dawn Saltz and husband, Bill, of Franklin, Linda Carringer and husband, Perry, of Hayesville, and Lora Ramsey and husband, James, of Gastonia; four sisters, Leah Lively of Leesburg, Florida, Dorothy Clark of Loraine, Ohio, Sue Swinehart of Vermillion, Ohio, and Janie Yakunovich of

daughter, Grace Blankenship; two brothers, Gilbert Floyd and Garfield Clark and one sister, Florence Walker. She is survived by three sons, James Totherow, Johnny Totherow and Bruce Totherow all of Dallas; three daughters, Betty Truett of Murphy, Judy Frady of Dallas, Edna Reece of Ranlo; two brothers, Lester Floyd and Sherdon Floyd, both of Murphy; one sister, Emily Summit of Bessemer City; 22 grandchildren, and 22 greatgrandchildren. Funeral services were held Dec. 14 at the Townson Rose Funeral Home Chapel in Murphy. The Rev. Hoyt Brown officiated. Music was provided by the Wilson Family Singers. Burial was in the Bear Paw Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Barry Totherow, Travis Frady, Dusty Blankenship, Cody Cornwell, Christopher Reece, and Robert Totherow, Jeff Totherow and Greg Totherow. Townson Rose Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements. The Sentinel extends condolences to the Ora Mae Floyd Totherow family.

James F. Hendrix of Murphy has been elected to the board of directors of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and will help manage the state’’s largest church group during a oneyear term. Hendrix, a retired pharmacist, is a member of Peachtree Memorial Baptist Church on Upper Peachtree Road in Murphy. He serves as deacon and Sunday School teacher at the church, which has some 300 members. Hendrix is also a member of the Gideons, devoted to distributing Bibles. He has made church-related missions trips to Africa and Honduras. The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

has just over 4,000 affiliated congregations with more than 1.2 million members across the state. Local Baptist churches are autonomous but established the state convention in 1830 to more effectively work together in supporting missions, ministry and education. Business matters are approved in the convention’’s annual meeting each November, and the board of directors meets three times a year to conduct business matters for the convention. In 2005 North Carolina Baptists will have a budget of $35,675,000 which they will use to support five colleges, a Bible institute, Baptist Hospital, retirement homes, children’’s homes, conference centers, newspaper, foundation and other ministries, such as the starting of new congregations. On Dec. 6, Hendrix attended an orientation session for new directors at the convention’’s state office in Cary, where a staff of about 100 help strengthen churches through training and other events.

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Sarah Smith, sophomore

Cortney Walker, junior

December 15, 2004

Danna Miles, junior

Kayla Wilkins, junior

Libby Stahl, sophomore

Amanda Barmmer, senior

2004-05 Hiwassee Dam High School Homecoming Court

Megan Bateman, senior

Brittany Picklesimer, senior

DWIGHT OTWELL/Sentinel photo

The Hiwassee Dam High School Homecoming court will be presented Saturday at Hiwassee Dam’’s homecoming game against Asheville Christian. The men’’s and women’’s junior varsity basketball teams will play, followed by the boys and girls varsity games. The homecoming queen will be crowned during the event. Alisha Chastain, senior

Candace Shields, freshman

Andrews Tour of Homes

The crystal-like dining room at the Cox home was elegantly warm and inviting.

Deidra Davis, president of the Valleytown Cultural Arts and Historical Society, stands beside the tree decorated by Gayle Horton. Gayle and husband Phil are the current owners of the Cover House, built in 1908 by Giles William Cover. The home has been restored to its Victorian beauty by the Hortons.

A large bowl of decorations accents the stone fireplace in the great room of Hawkesdene House in the Andrews 2004 Tour of Homes.

Kay and Aaron Hudson stand beside the harp belonging to their son, Sam. The Cover-Ennis-Hudson House on Wilson Street in Andrews was one of five homes featured in the 2004 Holiday Tour of Homes sponsored by the Valleytown Cultural Arts and Historical Society. Each room of the three story house has a different ‘‘flavor’’, all decorated by Kay and Aaron, since they purchased the home in 1988. The music room holds a grand piano, a harp, and a violin. Their son, Sam, is the musiAn upstairs bedroom of the Cover-Ennis-Hudson House cian in the family. could be called the ““pink sugar-plum”” room.

Susie and Jerry Cox entertained guests over the weekend for the 2004 Holiday Tour of Homes. Susie lavishly decorates their home every Christmas. She said she did not do anything differently this year. The three-story home, set on a mountaintop, is specially built with EcoBlocks, making it super energy efficient.

Sentinel photos by Alilce Blanton

December 15, 2004


Sports & Recreation

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Wildcats sweep Nantahala - boys/girls games By Dennis Horn Sports Writer The Andrews boys and girls varsity basketball teams crushed Nantahala on December 7. The boys jumped out to a 15-point advantage in the first quarter at AndrewsÂ&#x2019;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; home court.

second string but still maintained a 20 point advantage at the half. The first string was back in the game at the start of the second half. Junior varsity players got some playing time for the Wildcats varsity in the fourth quarter. The final score was 5925 with the boys gaining their fourth victory against no losses.

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The Lady Wildcats came alive near the end of the first period against Nantahala and erased a six-point deficit. The Lady Wildcats took the lead and maintained it throughout the second quarter. There were a number of fouls in the game. The Lady Wildcats led 25-20 at the half. Late in the third quarter the Lady Hawks came back within

four points of Andrews. But the Lady Wildcats used fast breaks to maintain a six to eight point lead. Andrews held on to win 4741. Whitney Luther led the Lady Wildcats with 13 points. Beth Stephens had 11 points. Jack Henderson won the $500 shopping spree at Andrews Hardware and Rental.

DENNIS HORNE/Sentinel photo

Kendra Worley shoots a free throw in the Lady Wildcats 47-41 victory over Nantahala.

DENNIS HORNE/Sentinel photo

Andrew Mashburn has the ball as Jonathan Flowers watches.

DENNIS HORNE/Sentinel photo

DENNIS HORNE/Sentinel photo

An Andrews player fights for the ball in the Wildcats win over Nantahala.

Andrew Mashburn (#55) watches as an Andrews player shoots the ball.

DENNIS HORNE/Sentinel photo

Beth Stevens keeps the ball away from a Nantahala defender. Stevens scored 11 points.

HD boys succumb to pressure defense and 3-point shooting of Black Knights By Dwight Otwell Editor

DWIGHT OTWELL/Sentinel photo

A Hiwassee Dam player shoots the ball in the game against Robbinsville.

DWIGHT OTWELL/Sentinel photo

DWIGHT OTWELL/Sentinel photo

Sam Morrow scores against the Kena Bush moves past a Robbinsville defender. Black Knights.

The Hiwassee Dam boys saw their first half lead over Robbinsville vanish late in the third quarter as the Black Knights pressure defense and long-range shooting led to a 71-42 victory for Robbinsville. The Hiwassee Dam girls lost their basketball game to Robbinsville 58-39. The boys got the opening tipoff in the game played at Robbinsville. Sam Morrow scored the opening points on a turnaround jumper. Robbinsville tied the game and T.J. Posey made a layup to put the Eagles ahead 4-2. Posey hit a nice seven-foot jump shot to give the Eagles a 6-3 lead. He hit a three-point shot from the side to send the Eagles ahead 9-3. See HIWASSEE DAM page 2B


SPORTS/SCHOOL Hiwassee Dam vs Black Knights Continued from page 1A

The Black Knights tied the game 9-9. The Eagles turned the ball over three straight times but Robbinsville didn’’t take advantage. Morrow made a basket off an offensive rebound to give the Eagles an 11-9 lead after one quarter of play. Hiwassee Dam continued the good play in the second quarter, jumping to a 20-13 lead. The half ended with the Eagles looking good and leading 30-22. Hiwassee Dam increased the lead to 38-29. That’’s when Robbinsville started its run.

The Black Knights used a pressure defense to force Eagles’’ turnovers. The Black Knights hit several three-point shots to take the lead. Robbinsville went from an eight-point deficit at the half to an eight-point lead after three quarters, 46-38. Hiwassee Dam scored only four points in the final stanza as the Black Knights scored 25 to win 71-42. The Lady Eagles were behind 6-0 before a pass found Michelle Garland under the basket. She scored to make it 62.

Alisha Chastain hit a 12foot jumper to make it 10-4. A good pass to Dania Hyde under the basket resulted in another Eagles score. The first quarter ended with the Lady Eagles trailing 14-8. Robbinsville maintained its lead and led 3115 at the half. The final score saw the Lady Eagles lose 5839. The Hiwassee Dam boys junior varsity beat Robbinsville 40-31. The Hiwassee Dam junior varsity girls lost to Robbinsville. DWIGHT OTWELL/Sentinel photo

DWIGHT OTWELL/Sentinel photo

Dania Hyde (#23), Meridith Keough (#15), and Alisha Chastain (#10) to for the ball.

Michelle Garland shoots the ball for Hiwassee Dam.

Murphy Bulldogs wrestling team takes 48-30 victory over Wildcats By RANDY GLASS Sentinel sports writer

The Bulldogs came away with a victory 48-30 in their match at home with the Andrews Wildcats. Even though Andrews has only had a wrestling team for two years, they fought valiantly with the Bulldogs. Coaches Butler and

Williams are doing a good job with the Dogs. The wrestlers looked to be in great shape and wrestling moods. The Bulldogs will have the Hayesville Yellow Jackets over on Thursday at 6 p.m. for another conference match. Curtis Victor (Andrews) 112 weight, pinned Shea Birdwell.

Justin Guffey (Murphy) 119 weight, wins by forfeit. Jamie Cochran (Andrews) 125 weight, wins by forfeit. Eddie Stiles (Andrews), 130 weight, wins by forfeit. Jacky McClain (Murphy), 135 weight, wins by forfeit Ben Ledford (Murphy), 140 weight, wins by forfeit. Timmy Williams

(Murphy), 145 weight, wins by forfeit. T.C. Moore (Murphy) pinned Justin Hensly, 150 weight class. Ethan Palmer (Murphy), pinned Patrick Brannon, 160 wight class. Jimmy Garrison (Andrews), pinned Billy Rogers, 171 weight class.

MES students build a gingerbread castle

Daniel Cable (Murphy), pinned his opponent, 189 weight class. Logan Clontz (Murphy), pinned Kevin Cochran in 215 weight class. Michael ““Mookie”” Booth (Andrews), pinned Ryon Stiles in heavyweight class. The Bulldogs went to a two-day tournament in Towns

County and had two new wrestlers place. Shea Birdwell placed fourth and got a medal. This is Shea’’s first year wrestling. Ryan Stiles placed third and this is also his first year. Congratulations to both wrestlers.

Even Start thanks Pizza-Hut

Sentinel photo submitted

The Even Start Family Literacy Pre-K would like to thank Pizza-Hut of Murphy for giving us our wonderful holiday treat. Our seven children made a turkey picture with a poem and presented it to Pizza-Hut on Monday, November 22.

Trish Golden / Sentinel photo

Mrs. Mary Beth Cornwell’’s and Mrs. Debbie White’’s language/art classes built a gingerbread castle out of editible items. Students incorporated academic skills such as math and sceince to build the castle. Students will be visiting the National gingerbread competitons in Grove Park Inn in Asheville , NC. to see gingerbread houses. Pictured (L-R) front: Mikie Wickline, Beth Hewatt, Snoi Robinson, Eric Markland, Kyle McClure, Ryan Hamby, Brandy Bailer. Back row (L-R) Rachel Brown, Jason McCoy, Joseph Palmer, Dakota Beaver, Jason Radford, and Becky Turner

Elementary students participate in pilot program At the beginning of the 2004-05 school year, Federal legislation authorized funds for a program to offer free fresh fruits and vegetables to students during the school day. North Carolina was one of the three states chosen to participate in the pilot program. The program will provide funds to enable 25 schools in our state to serve more fresh fruits and vegetables

as part of the school breakfast, lunch and snack programs. Cherokee County was fortunate to have two schools selected to participate in NC’’s Fruit and Vegetable Program for the 2004-2005 school year, Murphy Elementary and Peachtree Elementary. Each school developed a proposal to introduce and educate the students on the importance of fresh

Peachtree Elementary (L-R) Nick Gamble, Jusin Moffitt, Background: Child Nutriton Employee Vicky Grant

fruits and vegetables in their diets daily. December 1 was the kick off day for the Fruit and Vegetable Program at Murphy Elementary and Peachtree Elementary. The schools chose to offer the fruit and vegetables as a part of the snack time for students. The students have enjoyed such items as oranges, celery sticks, apples, grapes, and carrot sticks.

Murphy Elementary students: Tyler Kepharts and Philip Kilton.

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COMMUNITY Kids show off for Dad The Chamber of Commerce holds open house

Billy Palmer/Sentinel photo

(L-R) Jack, Madison and Zach, children of Billy Palmer, show off their Dad’’s 19 point local deer he scored.

Ruth LeFeat, who helped open the chamber in the late 1970’’s with the late Dot Mason, was on hand to share chamber history with visitors.

Pat Love, Andrews Chamber of Commerce executive director, looks at a display showcasing some of the county’’s businesses.

Mayor Bill Hughes, left, and Ben LeFeat, chamber staff member, go back a long time.

Grape Creek community helps Pool Project

Sentinel photo submitted

Vance Hedrick and Jean McDonald of the Grape Creek Community Center present a contribution to Dr. Brian Mitchell, chairman of the committee raising funds for the new Hiwassee Valley Pool and Wellness Center. The new facility will offer year around swimming for all ages, with a special pool for children, as well as a full service fitness center, aerobics area, health education classroom and supervised day care.

Entering the building is much warmer, thanks to Sheila Stern of Hearths of Fire. Stern donated the electric fireplace setting which operates with the use of a light bulb.

Wal-Mart gives to the Murphy Rotary Club

Trish Golden / Sentinel photo

(l-r) Judy McNew, Terrie Kelly, Blair Stanley; Wal-Mart store manager, and Tina Woods. Wal-Mart presented the Murphy Rotary Club with a $2,000 grant check. The Murphy Rotary Club will use the funding to support their various programs that help the local community, such as the Cherokee Clay House Raising, Sharing Center Food Bank, Hurlbert Johnson Homeless Shelter, Shoe Fund and REACH (Women’’s Shelter).

Christmas at Home Members of the Oak Grove Baptist Church on Oak Grove Road, Murphy, donated $800 to buy non-food gifts for residents of local nursing homes. A wide assortment of sweatsuits, robes, tissues, soaps, and lap-throws were brought to the Sentinel office to more than fill the box made available by Blue Ridge Mountain EMC, the sponsors of ““Christmas At Home””

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Rhea Crisp shares some of her duties with chamber board President Marvin Raper as Ben LeFeat looks on.


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2004 Andrews annual Christmas Parade

Clarks Auto Shop and Sounds Good Electronics team up to light up Main Street for the 2004 Andrews Christmas Parade.

Even in the cold rain, the Andrews High School 2004 Homecoming Court was all smiles.

The Remax float won second place in the Andrews Christmas Parade.

Santa has the reins of the Andrews Hardware and Rental float, which won an award as well.

TCCC seeks $1.8 million grant Tri-County Community College (TCCC) will apply for a $1.8 million Title III grant. The board of trustees at the December 2 meeting voted to apply for the grant.

The proposal will be sent in February and would be awarded sometime in the summer of 2005. Only 50 of these grants are awarded in the country. The trustees discussed

the nursing consortium program. Approval was given to start the application process for an independent nursing program, if needed. One of the three colleges in the consortium is pulling out. TCCC officials said they intend to retain a nursing program. TCCC President Dr. Norman Oglesby introduced three prospective employees, who were later approved by the board for employment. They are Jason Outen, network and technology security administrator; Brian L a m b e r t , maintenance/custodian and Robin Stevenson, ABE coordinator.

Vengeance Creek Baptist Church float was chosen as first place in the parade.

The float, ““Angels Among Us”” is a good reminder of all the U.S. troops who are in harms way this Christmas season. Parade photos by Dennis Horne

Cell phones wanted for soldiers There’’s an easy way to help a soldier stationed in Iraq or overseas connect with loved ones during the holidays! Bring a used cell phone and one attached battery that can be recycled to Liberty Tax Service, an official collection site for Cell Phones For

Soldiers (www.cellphonesfor Visit the Liberty Tax Service ( office at 279 Ocoee St. (Hwy 68) Copperhill. Every donated phone can buy a calling card up to 100 minutes. Phones can be dropped off

at the Polk County Copper Basin Chamber of Commerce office in Ducktown on Main Street Mon.-Fri., from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or Liberty Tax Service office in Copperhill Mon. and Wed. from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

Enriching your mental health By DR. JIM KOWALSKI Special to the Sentinel

As we go through the holiday season we often think of gifts as material stuff that someone gives us or we give to others. I have been bestowed some non-material gifts of late. One gift came as a holiday concert at a local

college. The singing and orchestra was delightful. Another gift came from the priest at church who told a wonderful Christmas story. A Christmas parade is a gift. How nice is it to see people come out to enjoy an event and wish each other holiday cheer. These gifts helped me

transition into the holiday spirit. Last night there was a beautiful sunset. What a gift! To see the sun rise each day is a gift. The holidays are a time to enjoy friends and family. It is important to set aside time to share with the people we love.

““Recognizing Depression Key to Recovery””

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Depression is a medical illness that effects a surprising number of people in our communities. Estimates show that one out of every five adults may experience a depressive episode at some point during his or her life. Unfortunately, many of these individuals will not seek treatment, which is essential to recovery. A rare but tragic outcome of untreated depression is suicide, which claims the lives of over 30,000 people a year. Statistics hardly capture the impact that depression can have on those affected. A woman from our area relates, ““depression left me feeling empty, sad and extremely unmotivated to do all the things I needed and wanted to do in my life. Every day was a struggle..I had to force myself to get up, put a smile on my

face and go out into the world. For a long time, I was able to hide my depression from myself and those around me. On the surface, I appeared to be doing well, but I finally came to a place where things started to fall apart, and I began missing work and withdrawing from activities and people I cared for. When I began expressing thoughts of suicide, my family intervened and helped me recognized that I was in crisis.”” She relates that she gathered the courage to seek help. ““I finally sought help and was admitted to The Balsam Center for Hope and Recovery. During my stay, I was able to work with the psychiatrist to get medication to help manage my symptoms. I was able to work with the staff in developing my Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), which

gave me the tools to begin my journey to wellness. Participating in a peer support group connected me with others who felt like I did...I began to build hope and regain a sense of control my life and depression. I am now actively engaged with a therapist who supports my recovery. With her support and that of family, I am using new tools to find happiness and purpose.”” In contrast to normal experiences of sadness, grief, loss or passing moods, major depression is extreme and persistent. Symptoms include: depressed mood, diminished interest or pleasure in activities, significant change in appetite and/or weight, sleep disturbances, restlessness or sluggishness, loss of energy, lack of concentration or indecision, feeling of worthlessness or guilt or

thoughts of death or suicide. A combination of counseling and medication can greatly alleviate the systems of depression and restore an individual to a healthy and productive life. Most individuals can be treated successfully on an outpatient basis. Some 70 percent of people diagnosed with depression improve substantially within one to three months with treatment and 90 percent respond by the end of the first year. More importantly, treatment greatly reduces the risk of suicide. For more information about depression or to get support for yourself or a loved one, please call a Care Manager at your local Smoky Mountain Center or 1-800-849-6127, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Reserve yours Commercial, household, landLost & Found now. 706 745-9841 or 706 781- scaping. 706-745-1329. 2 BASSETT HOUNDS, 1 male 8069 ELECTRICAL, PLUMBING, & & 1 female, light brown & white in color. Last seen on 11/30/04 FOR SALE: CKC POM-POO’’S APPLIANCE REPAIR SERVon Carter Cove. If found, please Males, 7 weeks old, wormed, ICE: Buddy Garrett, licensed call (828) 389-1623 first shots. $150.00 each. Ready and experienced. Call 706-896November 29th. Call (828) 837- 1897. VERY FRIENDLY AMERICAN 8350 after 6:30pm FILL DIRT FOR SALE BULLDOG, white with brown ••Grading and Hualing over right eye, three year old GOLDENDOODLE: MT HOLLY ••Bobcat work male. Answers to Buster. Last KENNELS PROUDLY announJOHNSTON SITE SERVICE seen in Trout Cove Road, ces our breeding of this wonderCall Shawn Johnston Brasstown Nov. 27th. If seen, ful mixed heritage- Golden Re706-896-7373 please call (828) 389-6926 triever and Standard Poodle. 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Shopping at the Appalachian Heritage Crafters’’ After Hours event on Dec. 7 are, left, Cecilia Champion of Joanna Cornerstone Ministries, and Karen Duncan, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce administrative assistant. After Hours is a networking function of the chamber. For membership information, call 837-2242.

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December 15, 2004

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Employment COBB HATCHERY IN BLAIRSVILLE has several jobs available at this time. Weekend work is required if interested please apply in person at 1239 Thomas Farm Rd, Blairsville, GA or call (706) 781-3320 ext. #223 for more info. LIBERTY MISIONARY CHURCH IS prayfully seeking a pastor. If you feel that God is calling you to serve him in a church dedicated to growing through and for his son Jesus Christ, please call Michelle at 828/479-6156 or Myron at 828/479-6014. NEEDED A REAL ESTATE sales person, licensed, self starter for friendly locally owned office. CALL MARGARET WARNER, WARNER REALTY (828)837-8777 THE LINCARE CENTER IN Young Harris, GA has an immediate opening and are accepting applications for a Respiratory Therapist. The Healthcare Specialist position requires in home patient care and travel within our territory. This position has on-call duties, including weekends, and some lifting. Resumes can be made to: Lincare Inc., 1615 Hwy 17, Suite 8, Young Harris, GA 30582. attn: Center Manager or faxed to (706) 896-2820

PART-TIME CARE GIVER FOR handicapped woman living in Warne Community to include light house keeping duties. Call 389-0963 MOMS AND DADS! GREAT income for home (888) 901-9969 TWO POSITIONS- CABINET MAKER with experience in all phases of custom cabinet making and experienced Cabinet Installer. Must have valid drivers license. Pay commensurate with experience. Benefits: medical insurance, paid vacation. Apply at Boyd’’s Countertops, 2088 US Hwy 64 West, Murphy, M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm (828) 8375808 PART TIME HELP for local moving company. 706-896-1574

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHEROKEE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE DISTRICT COURT DIVISION FILE NO. 04-CVD-669 Notice of Service of Process By Publication Shirley Jean Plaintiff, vs. Kelly Gene Defendant

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To: KELLY GENE STROUD Take notice that a pleading seeking relief against you, ,has been filed in the above-entitled action. The nature of the relief being sought is as follows: Complaint for Absolute

Cherokee County Schools Vacancy announced Cherokee County Schools has a vacancy for a Head Coach/Teacher at Andrews High School. The deadline to apply for this position is January 28, 2005. You may call 8372722 Ext. 229 to activate an application already on file. You may pick up an application at 911 Andrews Rd., daily form 8:00 am-4:00 pm. Cherokee County Schools is an equal opportunity employer.


EBCI Job Announcements 1. Equipment Operator-CDOT 2. Part-Time Event Workers-4 Positions 3. Case Support Professional (2 Positions) Analensigi Anyone interested in picking up a job application or job description should see Jessica Lambert or Angie Wolfe or call 4978 1 1 7 . Closing date for these positions will be Tuesday, December 28th, 2004 at 4:00 PM-Due to the Christmas Holidays. Indian Preference does apply and a current job application must be submitted; also note that resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a Tribal application.

Chatuge Regional Hospital and Nursing Home Affiliated with Union General Hospital

Positions Available

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CREDITOR’’S NOTICE 04 E 204 Having qualified as Adminstratrix of the Lonnie Deal Seabolt, Jr. deceased, late of Cherokee County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the Estate of said deceased to exhibit them to the undersigned at 200 Brinke Lane, Murphy NC 28906 on or before the 10th day of March 2005, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This is the 29th day of November, 2004.

Kelly L. Seabolt & Sarah S. Brinke Administratrix of the Estate of Lonnie Deal Seabolt, Jr., Deceased 12/15-1/12

CREDITOR’’S NOTICE Having qualified as Executrix of the Estate of Anna L. Hancock deceased, late of Cherokee County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the Estate of said deceased to exhibit them to the undersigned at 82 Whitaker Lane, Murphy, NC 28906 on or before the 10th day of March 2005, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to the said estate will please make immediate payment. This the 2nd day of December, 2004.

C.N.A. Class beginning 1/10/2005 Taking applications through 12/27/2004 Prep Cook - Full time - Nursing Home Apply at Union General Hospital (706-745-2111) or Chatuge Regional Hospital (706-896-2222)

Good benefit package includes Insurance, PTO, Sick leave, Retirement and Credit union. Sparks Fund Scholarship available to advance nursing careers. All interested applicants should contact Rita Bradshaw, Human Resource Director 706-896-2222, ext. 199. EEO

Beverly B. Cook Attorney for Plaintiff P. O. Box 993 Murphy, N.C. 28906 828-835-7388 12/15/04 - 2/2/05

Cherokee Indian Hospital JOB ANNOUNCEMENT Week-end Radiology Technologist Open: 12/06/04 Until filled

Business Office Manager Open 12/06/04 until filled


Open 12/06/04 until filled

Accounting Manager Open 12/06/04 until filled

Dental Technical Open 12/06/04 until filled Anyone interested in picking up an application and jo description should see Christine Toineeta at the Cherokee Indian Hospital between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Indian Preference does apply and a current job application must be submitted; also note that resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a Tribal application.

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TAX NOTICE - CHEROKEE COUNTY The tax listing period will begin on January 1, 2005. Final date for listing will be January 31, 2005. Cherokee County began a permanent listing for real property in 1994. Real property owners will not receive a listing abstract each property owner, however, is required to report any changes made to their property. YOU ARE REQUIRED BY LAW TO LIST ALL PERSONAL PROPERTY, EXCEPT REGISTERED VEHICLES THAT YOU OWN AS OF JANUARY 1, 2005. Listing abstracts will be mailed to aid in listing personal property if you fail to list and do not sign the listing form, you will, by law, be charged a 10% penalty that cannot be removed. North Carolina General Statute 105.308 requires that in addition to all other penalties prescribed by law, any person whose duty it is to list any property, who willfully fails or refuses to list the same within the time prescribed by law shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed five hundred ($500.00) dollars or imprisonment not to exceed six (6) months. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR ADDRESS AND MAKE ANY NECESSARY CORRECTIONS All persons 65 years of age or all persons permanently disabled with a home or mobile home, that is their permanent residence whose disposable income is less that $19,200 dollars, are entitled up to $20,000 or fifty (50%) percent of the appraised value of a permanent residence owned and occupied by a qualifying owner. Applications for this exemption are available in the tax appraiser s office. Proof of income must be submitted with the application. Any taxpayer that is already receiving this exemption does not need to apply. NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL STATUTES 105-316 REQUIRED THE FOLLOWING: Mobile home parks, marinas, aircraft storage operations are required to make a report to the tax assessor of all house trailers and mobile homes, boats, airplanes or other aircraft, when spaces rented or leased are three (3) or more. This list should contain the owners name, address, and a description of said personal property. If the operator fails to make such a report by January 15, 2005, they become liable for the taxes, plus a $250.00 fine. You are no longer required to list for property taxes of vehicles which are currently licensed with the North Carolina division of motor vehicles. The tax on these vehicles will be billed by the county after the current registration is renewed or application is made for a new registration. List all boats, motors, jet skis, and all unlicensed trailers, campers, and motorcycles. RESIDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO LIST ANY VEHICLES THAT ARE (UNTAGGED.) All business listings are required by law to be listed at 100% cost when purchased. The tax department then applies the proper and uniform depreciation to the listing. ALL BUSINESS OWNERS SHOULD READ CAREFULLY THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE FORM AND NOTE THAT THEIR LISTING IS SUBJECT TO AN AUDIT FOR THE CURRENT YEAR PLUS FIVE (5) PREVIOUS YEARS. Assistance in filling out the forms will be available at the tax office. If you should not receive a listing form (for personal property) you should come to the tax office and list your property. Lynn C. Shore Cherokee County Tax Administrator

Shirley J. Zimmerman Executrix of the Estate of Anna L. Hancock, deceased 12/08-12/29

RN or LPN for ICU, ACLS Certified, PRN Physical Therapist and PT Assistant For Hospital and Outpatient Services

Divorce You are required to make defense to such pleading not later than the 31st day of January, 2005, said date being 40 days from the first publication of this notice, or from the date your Answer is required to be filed, whichever is later; and upon your failure to do so the party seeking service against you will apply to the court for the relief sought. This the 13th day of December, 2004.

Creditor’’s Notice 04 E 189

Having qualified as Administratrix of the Estate of Richard Neal Taylor deceased, late of Cherokee County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the Estate of said deceased to exhibit them to the undersigned at 7845 Martins Creek Rd., Murphy, N.C. 28906 on or before the 10th day of March 2005, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This the 29th day of November, 2004. Ada Taylor Administratrix of the Estate of Richard Neal Taylor, deceased 12/1/04 - 12/22/04

The Following Positions Are Available Murphy Medical Center • OR-RN (FT) • ER-RN (FT) • MED/SURG-RN (FT) • CRNA-Nurse Anesthetist (FT) • Weekend Radiology Tech (FT)

To apply for positions, please contact the Personnel Department between 8:00a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or call

(828) 835-7683 Or send resumes to: Murphy Medical Center, Personnel Department 4130 US Highway 64E, Murphy, NC 28906 or Fax: (828) 835-7700.


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2003 BOMBARDIER OUTLANDER 400CC Rotax high output 4x4, 2500lbs Warn wench, drop basket, and hitch with transferable extended warranty, 389-3114, serious inquiries only

1996 GRAND CHEROKEE LIMITED Jeep, 115K, 6 cyl, 4WD, drives & rides great, very good condition-all options including leather- Dec N.A.D.A. retail $7000.00, will sell for less than trade in value @ $5,095.00. Call (828) 389-6279 or see @ West Bros. Motors on USED CAMPERS AND MOTOR Homes. Blairsville RV 64 West. Sales Inc. 6 Miles east of Blairsville on Hwy 76 (706)379-1984. 2000 CRYSLER LHS, SILVER, New and used RV parts and moonroof, leather, premium service 706-379-2716 sound, cd changer, traction control, good tires, excellent condiRV: Lot Rentals tion. OBO 828-389-1216

RV LOTS FOR RENT: 2535 2001 HONDA XR200R, $2,000. Honaker Road, just off Pat ColPlease call (828) 837-8051, well Road. All utilities available. leave message. OPEN YEAR ROUND, $100$115 per month. 706-745-1725. ‘‘94 FORD TAURUS, RUNS great, needs body work. Watercraft $900.00 (828) 835-3430 FOR SALE: 14-FT ALUMINUM 95 FORD EXPLORER, 4WD, Bass boat, 15hp Evinrude moruns great on snow/ice, new tor, new trolling motor, battery, transmission w/3yr 35,000 mile live wells, trailer, swivel seats, warranty, new tires and rods. 6-gal. gas tank, four life jackets. Asking $5,200 (828) 837-0676 (828) 837-0230 leave message $1,000 OBO

QUALLA HOUSING AUTHORITY Job Opening The Qualla Housing Authority is taking applications for a Housing Management Director. Job description and application can be picked up at the QHA Office on Acquoni Road or by calling Shane at (828) 497-9161, Ext. 227. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. Drug test must be passed. QHA Benefits mirror EBCI Tribal Benefits. If claiming Indian Preference, proof will need to be provided of Tribal Affiliation. Closing date is December 30th.

Cherokee County Sheriff’’s Report Dec. 6-Dec. 13 December 6, 2004 Jesse Watts, 18, of Murphy, breaking and entering and felony larceny; Christina Gates, 27, of Murphy, true bill; Christopher Ware, 26, of Murphy, statutory rape/sexual offender greater than six years older; December 7, 2004 Danny Hopkins, 31, of Murphy, probation violation; Jennifer Prince, 22, of Murphy, larceny by employee; Scotty Dereberry, 31, of Murphy, serving 72 hours; Michael Timmerman, 58, of Murphy, serving 72 hours; Amar Patterson, 21, of Murphy, probation violation; Cory Bryce Kasu, 18, of Murphy, larceny by employee; Royce Rowland, 45, of Murphy, intoxicated and disruptive and open container; Justice Phillips, 16, of Blairsville, misdemeanor possession of Schedule VI Controlled Substance and possession of drug paraphernalia; Matthew Chandler, 16, of

Arrests: 12/7 Charles Nipper, WM, 37, Murphy, (Served Warrant) stalking/Comm. Threats 12/7 Royce Dane Rowland, WM, 45, Murphy, D&D/Open liquor 12/7 Cory Bryce Kasa, WM, 18, Murphy, Larceny by employee 12/8 Tommie Gwen Vermillon, WF, 55, Topton, Fail to appear 12/8 Edward Samuel Stiles, WM, 30, Murphy, DWI/DWLR/RD/Fict. Reg.

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ing public officer (three counts), misdemeanor possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance (six counts) ,manufacture of marijuana, possession of stolen firearm, altering/removing NMV serial number, fleeing to elude arrest and felony maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for a controlled substance; December 10, 2004 Jill Kozma, 20, of Andrews, driving while license revoked; Christopher Mays, 21, of Murphy, pointing gun (domestic violence); December 13, 2004 Billy Daniel Beavers, 30, of Murphy, assault with a deadly weapon, intent to kill and inflict serious injury.

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ty by false pretenses; Tommie Gwen Vermillion, 55, of Andrews, failure to appear; Steven Mitchell, 47, of Murphy, misdemeanor larceny (two counts); December 9, 2004 Aaron Keith Orr, 19, of Robbinsville, taking deer by spotlight; Kyle Lane Marcus, 18, of Robbinsville, taking deer by spotlight; Steven McLain, 27, of Murphy, assault on female and injury to real property; Bruce Frederick Caldwell, 29, of Andrews, injury to real property; Royce Rowland, 45, of Murphy, possession/consuming beer/wine on public street, violation of court order and intoxicated and disruptive; Johnny Hartnes, 45, of Murphy, resist-

12/8 Steven John Mitchell, WM, 47, Murphy, Larceny 12/9 Royce Dane Rowland, WM, 45, Murphy, D&D Investigations: 4––Auto accidents 1––Fraud 1––Noise Complaint 1––B,E & L 2––Larceny 1––Damage to Property Assists: Issued: Issued:

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Blairsville, Ga., misdemeanor possession of a drug and possession of drug paraphernalia; Timothy Anderson, 20, of Murphy, probation violation; Tiffany Suarz, 31, of Blairsville, Ga., maintaining a vehicle/dwelling for drugs, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana and possession of marijuana; Joshua Chandler, 17, of Blairsville, Ga., misdemeanor possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance and possession of drug paraphernalia; Natasha Kelly, 19, of Murphy, failure to appear; James Michael Dockery, 22, of Murphy, probation probation; December 8, 2004 Edward Samuel Stiles, 30, of Murphy, DWI; Terry Deal Coleman, 44, of Murphy, communicating threats and intoxicated and disruptive; Caroline Fawn Hughes, 21, of Murphy, felony harboring escapee; Bradlee Wayne Davis, 19, of Newnan, Ga., obtaining proper-

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OUR SPECIALS OF THE WEEK ’95 VW PASSAT GLX - 3,488 VR6, Auto, Sunroof, PW, PL, Tilt, Cr., 24-28 mpg. Only 86K Miles! 1 Owner!

’89 DODGE DAYTONA Super Clean , 1 Owner, Low Miles

NOW ALWAYS OVER 50 UNITS TO CHOOSE FROM! Trucks • Cars • SUV’s • Vans • 4x4s • Jeeps FULLY SERVICED AND ALWAYS PRICED RIGHT! Come See Us! 1-1/2 miles west of town on Old Blue Ridge Hwy (Old 76), across from Ace Hardware in Blairsville, Georgia 12/16/04


December 15, 2004

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2004 Dodge Dakota #5825 Save Over FREE $ 7,800


2005 PT Cruiser 4 Speed, Auto

Quad cab, 4x2, SLT


Sale $19,600


2005 DODGE CARAVAN SE #6102 0 Down!



Sale $15,715

2004 DODGE NEON 4 Door AC




Sale $9,990

2004 PACIFICA #5677 $



Save 8500!



Sale $23,905

2004 DURANGO SLT 4x4 #6294 $




Save 8500!

Sale 26,070 $

Five Star. It’s Better. We’ll Prove It.

A/C, 2.4 L


Sale $13,882

2005 Town & Country LX GREAT PRICE!




Sale $21,150

2005 Dodge Neon SE 4 DOOR 5 SPEED


2.0 L

Sale $12,872 2004 Dodge Dakota Sport Quad Cab, Auto, 4.7 Mag CD Player



Sale $19,495


2004 Dodge Dakota Reg. Cab, Auto, 3.7 Mag



Sale $13,163

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Nearby at 7535 Hwy 515, Blue Ridge, GA

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