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SUSPECT SKETCHED

Sketch of Kristi Cornwell abductor and car has been released to the public

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Ready for winter roads The NC DOT has taken all the necessary steps to be prepared for icy road conditions

Old man winter is knocking at the door, and the N.C. Department of Transportation is prepared to respond to snow, ice or freezing rain that may impact driving conditions on the state’s highways this winter. “Our maintenance workers across the state have stocked up on brine and salt, calibrated their salt spreaders and snow plows, and made dry runs over routes they might be clearing,” Transportation Secretary Gene Conti said. “Crews will continue to monitor forecasts, and are fully prepared to keep the roads safe and clear if inclement weather hits.” NCDOT budgets $20 million per year for snow and ice removal and pre-treating efforts. Tools used to keep roads clear include: • Salt brine – first line of defense against snow and ice. • Special salt and water solution. • Keeps ice from bonding to pavement during first few hours of storm. • Laid 24-48 hours before storm hits. • Mixed in county maintenance yards across the state. • NCDOT has 300,000 gallons of brine on hand. • Salt • Used to treat roads if ice and snow accumulate after salt brine applied. • NCDOT has 111,000 tons of salt in storage statewide. • In a typical winter, 50,000 to 60,000 tons used. • Specialized equipment (statewide numbers) • 1,900 trucks equipped with plows and spreaders. See ROADS Page 8A

By: Becky Landress Sentinel Writer After four months of no leads in the missing persons case of Kristi Cornwell, the GBI held a 2 p.m. press conference on Monday, where they released a sketch of an individual involved in an incident in Ranger, North Carolina in early August. Ranger is 25 miles from the site where Cornwell disappeared. The similarities in the Ranger case and those of Cornwell’s Union County case are noticeable. The incident in Ranger occurred around 9 p.m. on August 2, nine days before the disappearance of Cornwell, at approximately the same time that Cornwell went missing. In the Ranger incident, a woman was walking along

a road toward the Ranger Community Center. A vehicle pulled up behind her and knocked her to the ground. A male, thought to be in his mid 20’s emerged from his vehicle and headed toward the woman. When another vehicle approached the area, the man got back in his SUV and left the scene. The North Carolina State Patrol was notified and interviewed the woman, but no report was filed. The suspect was driving a silver, late model Nissan Xterra with tinted windows and a brush guard on the front. A description of a vehicle spotted in the area of Cornwell’s disappearance around 9 p.m. was described as white or silver (light colored) SUV. Due to the driver’s side window being down, the woman was able to give a detailed description of

the man’s profile, which was sketched by GBI Forensic Artist Marla Lawson. He is described as a white male, in his mid twenties with dark hair. Using the sketch and vehicle description, authorities conducted numerous neighborhood canvasses in Cherokee County, North Carolina, but were not successful in developing solid leads. Between 400 and 500 vehicles matching the suspect vehicle are registered in that area of North Carolina. To date, GBI Agents have conducted more than 1,100 individual, documented investigative acts as part of this continuing investigation. This does not include the 11 days of active searching just after her disappearance in Union County. The search has included efforts from numerous local, state and

federal agencies, along with volunteers and members of the Cornwell family. Six hundred and sixty four tips were called in to the tip line and investigated. The neighborhood canvassing involved conducting interviews at 450 houses in the area. Cornwell’ family auctioned their lakefront home over this past weekend to raise additional money to continue the search. A $50K reward is still being offered in the case. The GBI states that the disappearance case of Kristi Cornwell has been and will continue to be an investigative priority for the GBI as well as the Union County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with any information on the sketch or vehicle is asked to call the tip line at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477).

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Town Council Sworn In

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The new Hayesville Town Council From Left to Right - Josh Ashe, Gwen Weaver, Harry Baughn, and Harrell Moore (Mayor)

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N.C. Health Reform Supporters “Call for Reform” North Carolina Organizing for America this week will hold “Calling for Reform,” a series of 14 phone banks across the state. Volunteers will call other N.C. supporters of health insurance reform and ask them to call their Senator to tell them to vote for The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Senate is currently debating the legislation. Organizing for America is committed to supporting President Obama’s agenda for change at the grassroots level. Since June 6, more than 2.3 million people have taken part in OFA’s health insurance reform campaign and have organized more than 23,000 events in all 50 states and every congressional district in support of reform. On October 20, OFA helped to place more than 315,000 calls to Congress in a single day, more than three times the initial goal.

Clay County ABC Store has successful first week On Monday December 7th the Clay County ABC board met to discuss the figures from the first week of business. The figures discussed were taken from the store opening on Tuesday, December 1st to Saturday, December 5th. The total retail sales for the week amounted to $17,202.05, in addition to the $1,377.51 they collected in sales tax. This makes the grand total in Alcohol sales $18,579.56. At this time the Clay County ABC store has a total of 8 employees and is no longer accepting applications. Each employee has been trained on the point of sale system and is doing very well. Arrangements have been made for each employee to receive 2 uniforms. At this point, one can only speculate as to the impact this new ABC store will have on the stores within a 50 mile radius. Currently the ABC store in Murphy is ranked 18th out of 127. The Andrews store is ranked 39th and the Franklin store is ranked 87th. As we receive more figures it will become apparent as to how the young store will rank.

Exercise Linked To Lower Mortality Rates In Prostate Cancer Patients Researchers say just a little bit of exercise can prevent deaths from prostate cancer. The findings in the study taut as little as 15 minutes a day is all it takes. “We saw benefits at very attainable levels of activity,” said Stacey A. Kenfield, Sc.D., from Harvard who led the study. “The results suggest that men with prostate cancer should do some physical activity for their overall health.” According to the study men who exercised for at least three hours a week equivalent to jogging, biking, swimming or playing tennis for about a halfhour per week - had a 35 percent lower risk of overall mortality. The study marks the first large population study to examine exercise in relation to mortality in prostate cancer survivors. Earlier studies focused on how exercise affects risk of developing prostate cancer. Researchers admit they aren’t sure of the exact molecular effects exercise has on prostate cancer. However previous studies have shown that exercise influences a number of hormones hypothesized to stimulate prostate cancer, boost immune function and reduce inflammation.

BING goes down after announcing new enhancements Just a day after Microsoft and Bing engineers touted new enhancements to the search engine. Bing and its beta version of improvements went down and Microsoft was forced to apologize for the widespread outage. “The cause of the outage was a configuration change during some internal testing that had unfortunate and unintended consequences,” wrote Satya Nadella, senior vice president of Microsoft’s Online Services Division, in an official blog. “We are running a post mortem to find out how our software and processes need to be improved to prevent anything like this from happening again,” he added. Bing is currently ranked third in popularity as far as U.S. search engines go. The site accounted for 9.9 percent of queries in October, according to comScore. Yahoo is second with 18 percent of the market share and Google is way up front in first with 65.4 percent of all Internet searches being funneled through their search engine.

Wednesday December 9, 2009

The Nativity in a New Light

By: T.K. Lowery Sentinel Writer Life seems extremely uncertain these days. Unpredictability abounds at an almost dizzying pace. Stability, if you can find it, is as rare a commodity as dinosaur teeth. The way many of us imagined life would be has taken a U-turn or fallen off the cliff. These are difficult times indeed. A few days ago I saw an unusually beautiful drawing of the Nativity. I’ve always been mesmerized by the life of Mary and Joseph and their timeless journey to Bethlehem. But for some reason the thought of their struggle took on a more personal meaning. If

nothing else, their difficulties reminded me that life has always been challenging. So much about their moment in history has been romanticized through pictures, stories, carols and the like. But only focusing on their life in a ritualistic way can trivialize the extreme difficulty endured by two people who walked through some very stress filled moments. They had no idea how their situation would turn out. There was no Christmas Story to read. No Nativity scene to help make sense of their new reality. All they knew is that their lives had been completely interrupted and totally hijacked by a set of circumstances they could have never imagined.

Congressman  Heath Shuler announced federal grants totaling nearly $1.5 million to improve the Western Carolina Regional Airport. The funds, issued through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), will provide $1.425 million to pay for land acquisition for a runway approach, rehabilitation of the airport’s apron and taxiway construction. The airport is completing a parallel runway that will make it safer for planes taking off and landing, and making other safety improvements to comply with FAA standards.

charted waters for the world and the nation. I’m certain our faith and faithfulness will be challenged in new and unimaginable ways. But, maybe this is the Christmas when we notice a simple, unassuming man and woman struggling to hear God’s voice in the midst of unprecedented challenges. Maybe this is the Christmas we fully understand that the presence of Jesus gave meaning to their journey and that His glorious appearance was their reward at the journey’s end. And maybe, just maybe, this is the Christmas we finally accept Peace and Life as the free gift it has always been. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11) • Ms. Lowery is a freelance writer and Christian Counselor. She currently resides in Young Harris, Georgia with her husband. She received her B.S. from Kennesaw University and has served as a prayer counselor for people in drug and alcohol rehabilitation. For more information you may contact her at prayercoach@gmail.com.

“The Western Carolina Regional Airport plays an important role in the local economy and serves as a vital link for emergency responders,” said Congressman Shuler, D-Waynesville. “I will continue to work to help the airport grow and prosper.” “The airport has been real important to us for economic development purposes as well as emergency operations – search and rescue, and fire suppression,” said David Badger, County Manager for Cherokee County. “It’s a regional resource for multiple counties, and I appreciate Congressman Shuler’s assistance in securing these funds.”

I-40 Rockslide Update

Sunday blast brought down about 5,000 yards of material; scaling, hauling continues

Workers from subcontractor Janod Construction set off a blast Sunday afternoon that brought down about 5,000 cubic yards of material from the slope. This is approximately equivalent in weight to more than 1,000 fullgrown elephants. This was the biggest blast since work started at the site in late October. NCDOT Geotechnical Unit officials worked with Janod Construction to lay out a specifically spaced and aligned diamond-shaped blast pattern. This blast, called a production blast, re-

quired more holes than other blasts at the site and took off more material in a more controlled manner. The goal of this blast is to create a flat area to stabilize the mass. Additionally, rock bolts will be installed. Contractor Phillips & Jordan spent Monday scaling rock down the slope and breaking up boulders into smaller pieces to be hauled away. During the weekend, workers spreading material out under the slide to cushion and catch rocks that were brought down to the bottom.

Call of Special Information Meeting of Members and the Public

It is desired by the Board of Directors of the corporation that a grant be secured from Rural Development, United States Department of Agriculture, in order to obtain sufficient funds for the purchase of equipment and furnishings for Urgent Care Center/Family Practice.

How could they possibly have planned for something like this? What friend or family member could they confide in who understood their dilemma? Everything about their situation went against all they had been taught, all they had taken comfort in, all they had planned for, and all they looked to as “normal.” Sound familiar? Well, maybe this is the Christmas we get to see their life as not being that much different from our own. Maybe this is the Christmas we take time to empathize with their fear and anxiety about the future. Maybe this is the Christmas when we recognize their feelings of loneliness, isolation and disenfranchisement. Maybe this is the Christmas we identify with how nerve wracking it can be to tread a new path through the darkness. Maybe this is the Christmas we understand their disillusionment with an upside down world and its’ nonsensical priorities. Maybe this is the Christmas we share in their struggle to forgive prideful, out-of-touch leaders consumed with self-preservation. Maybe this is the Christmas we share their exhaustion from an overdose of confusion, despair and uncertainty. I have no idea what the coming days may hold. Most likely it will be un-

Shuler announces grants for WNC airport

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A special information meeting of Murphy Medical Center, Inc., a North Carolina Corporation, is hereby called to be held on the 14th day of December, 2009 at 10:00a.m. at Murphy Medical Center for the transaction of business of said corporation, located at 3990 E. US Hwy. 64 Alt., Murphy, North Carolina.

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Rock scaling operations will continue during the next couple of days before drilling commences. Eventually, another blast will take place. The overall project will take several months to complete. Travelers still can reach Western North Carolina via I-40 from the east and I-26 to the north and south. Exits 20 and 27 on I-40 provide access to popular destinations west of Asheville. In Tennessee, exits 432 through 451 provide access to popular destinations in southeastern Tennessee. The detour route is 53 miles longer and takes an additional 45 minutes to an hour driving time. Motorists traveling on I-40 West should take Exit 53B (I-240 West) in Asheville and follow I-240 West to Exit 4A (I-26 West). Follow I-26 West (a North Carolina Scenic Highway) to I-81 South in Tennessee. Take I-81 South and follow it back to I-40 at mile marker 421. Eastbound motorists should use the reverse directions. Additionally, travelers cannot take U.S. 64 from North Carolina into Tennessee due to a separate rockslide that blocked the highway near the Ocoee 2 Dam in Polk County, Tenn.,

about eight miles west of North Carolina. U.S. 64 will be closed for several months. Motorists are advised to take U.S. 74 to Tennessee 68 North at Ducktown through McMinn County, then onto I-75 at Sweetwater in Monroe County.  NCDOT reminds motorists to stay alert, follow instructions on highway message boards, obey the posted speed limit, leave early and travel at non-peak times when possible. Plan ahead before driving by visiting the NCDOT Traveler Information Management System Web site at www.ncdot.gov/ traffictravel/ or calling 511, the state’s free travel information line, for current travel conditions.  NCDOT also provides alerts about traffic congestion, construction work and changes to the ferry schedule on Twitter. To access them, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter/. For daily rockslide updates, please visit the N.C. Department of Transportation Web site www.ncdot.gov and click on the I-40 rockslide daily news and information section. Interviews and on-site requests should go through the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 733-2522.

N.C. Employers May Reduce 2010 UI Tax Rates Many North Carolina employers may be eligible to reduce their 2010 unemployment insurance tax rates — and save from $50 to $1 million next year — by making a voluntary tax contribution to the N.C. Employment Security Commission before December 16. The voluntary contribution could result in significant tax savings next year — money employers can then use to build their businesses and create new jobs. A contribution of as little as one dollar may reduce an employer’s 2010 tax rate. Voluntary contributions will

December 16 Is Deadline For Advance Contribution

be applied to the balance of employers’ UI tax account. Notification of the voluntary contribution was included in the tax rate forms, which were mailed November 16 to employers. In the mailing, employers are advised to visit the ESC’s website, www.ncesc.com, to access a voluntary contribution calculator. The calculator allows each employer to assess the dollar amount they will have to pay to achieve a certain tax rate, enabling them to determine what tax savings might be beneficial for their company. “We hope a great number of the

199,000 employers we mailed bills to will take advantage of this opportunity,” said ESC Chairman Moses Carey Jr. “By getting these funds early, we help rebuild the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund even more quickly and the employers get a savings to use in building their businesses.” ESC tax auditors in the agency’s 89 offices across the state also can assist employers in determining how a contribution could affect their 2010 tax rate. Only experienced-rated employers are eligible to make the voluntary contribu-

tion. New employers’ rates are set, by law, at 1.2 percent for approximately two years. The funds which are paid in advance would come to the ESC at a time — during the first quarter — when revenue received from employers’ taxes is the lowest of the year. Additional revenue from the contribution would increase cash flow of the trust fund and help it serve those who are seeking new jobs after becoming unemployed through no fault of their own.


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What is Animal Cruelty? Animal Cruelty is defined as: “causes death or unjustifiable physical pain or suffering to any animal by an act, an omission, or willful neglect. Willful neglect means the intentional withholding of food and water required by an animal to prevent starvation or dehydration.”This is a misdemeanor with a fine up to $1000 and/or imprisonment for up to 1 year. A second or subsequent conviction carries of fine of up to $5000 and imprisonment for up to 1 year. A second or subsequent conviction which resulted in the death of an animal will be a misdemeanor of “a high and aggravated nature” with imprisonment for a minimum 3 months, maximum 12 months and/or a fine up to $10,000.

Aggravated Cruelty is defined as: “knowingly and maliciously causes death or physical harm to an animal by rendering a part of such animal’s body useless or by seriously disfiguring such animal.”This carries imprisonment of minimum 1 year, maximum 5 years, and/or a fine up to $15,000. Exemptions are made for agricultural, animal husbandry, butchering, food processing, marketing, scientific, research, medical, zoological, exhibition, competitive, hunting, trapping, fishing, wildlife management, or pest control practices or the authorized practice of veterinary medicine. Sue Wages

SEND US YOUR LETTERS! We want to hear your opinion. This is your opportunity to sound off on what matters to you in the community. The Smoky Mountain Sentinel welcomes all letters to the editor. Letters should be e-mailed to letters@smokymountainsentinel.com and no longer than 400 to 500 words in length. Letters must be signed and include a telephone number for verification. Letters that cannot be confirmed with the writer cannot be printed. Letters must be exclusive to the Sentinel. Mail to: Smoky Mountain Sentinel, PO Box 870, Hayesville, NC 28904

Open house at Executive Mansion Governor Bev Perdue invites the public to visit the Executive Mansion – the People’s House – for a Holiday Open House Dec. 10-13. Visitors will have the opportunity to view the mansion’s beautiful decorations and enjoy holiday entertainment provided by musical and choral groups from across the state. The Western Residence board of directors also invites visitors to the Asheville home to view its holiday decorations Dec. 5-6. Western Residence in Asheville Holiday Open House Dates and Times:

• Saturday, Dec. 5 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. • Sunday, Dec. 6 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. No advance reservation is necessary. The Governor’s Western Residence is located at 45 Patton Mountain Road. For questions regarding the Western Residence open house, visitors should contact Juleigh Sitton at 828-4300054. Executive Mansion Holiday Open House Dates and Times: • Thursday, Dec. 10 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Coinciding with the Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting

• Friday, Dec. 11 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. • Saturday, Dec. 12 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. • Sunday, Dec. 13 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. No advance reservation is necessary but due to the popularity of this event, visitors should try to arrive at least an hour prior to closing. The Executive Mansion is located at 200 N. Blount Street. For questions regarding the Executive Mansion open house, visitors should call Capitol Area Visitors Services at 919-807-7950 or toll-free at 866-724-8687.

By: Jim Fitzgerald

that we were uncomfortable seeing people beg on the streets for food just to stay alive.That era also taught us that the elderly were the most vulnerable among us during a financial meltdown since they could not work and had no income. These two situations gave rise to safety net programs, job creation programs, and Social Security, among others. It took us 200 years to realize that equal rights meant just that; separate but equal was not equal. In the 1960’s we realized that without a government sponsored health insurance program, the majority of our seniors would not have medical coverage. For-profit insurance companies could not afford to cover them, and still make a profit. Our social consciousness has grown as we have come to understand that

the greatest nation on earth could not shine a beacon of hope and enlightenment to the world if it neglected its own citizens. We have come to realize that we are more than just a workforce for industry. Morally, we are more than a dog-eat-dog society. Ethically and morally, we understand that we have an obligation and responsibility to each other. Churches try to accommodate the needs of a local community but resources are limited and they fall short. If government did not step in to fill the void, we would look a lot more like a third world country with shantytowns and squalor. We are a better people than that. It was not until 2009, that this country finally decided that women should have the right to equal pay for equal work. We had been satisfied to accept women as lower paid workers even when doing the exact same jobs as men had for decades.  I am not sure how we justified such an illogical position but I am sure it had something to do with the larger societal belief that women belonged at home and that men were more valuable as employees. To remedy this unfair situation, on January 29, President Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, granting women, for the first time, equal pay for equal work. With all of the political static in the air, you would think nothing has been accomplished in DC this year. If you have allowed the screeching on Fox Opinion Channel to consume your attention, you would have missed many important pieces of legislation that have become law. In fact, President Obama has signed seventeen new laws this year. You can view them all on the White House website. Moreover, it seems quite likely that significant health care reform will be signed into law before the next State of the Union address in January. As a people, we continue to evolve in our beliefs about how we should treat each other. In spite of our constant battle with consumerism and Ayn Rand, we struggle forward in our commitment to “take care of the least of these,” as it says in the Bible. Thankfully, as a people and as a country, we are growing and evolving in the direction of greater inclusiveness. Slowly, but surely, we are coming around to an appreciation of the phrase, often uttered but infrequently believed, that all people are created equal.

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As a young adult, I used to wonder why new laws were passed every year, on both a state and federal level. After all, shouldn’t we have covered just about every possible situation that would need a law over the course of 200 years? But as I grew older, I came to realized how gullible and naïve that view was; I had failed to properly appreciate an ever-changing, organic world, changing societal views, and ever devious people willing to subvert the intent of our laws. The Industrial Revolution taught us that we were uncomfortable sending children to work in factories every day. That era gave birth to child labor laws. The Great Depression taught us

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“While we’ve been fortunate with fairly mild winters in recent years, we shouldn’t become complacent,” Perdue said. “People should take time now to update their family emergency plans and stock up on water, blankets, nonperishable food and other supplies now before ice and snow arrive.” Jeff Orrock, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said there is an increased chance of a wet winter and below normal temperatures this year due to El Nino. He cautioned that winter storms can sometimes develop quickly, causing power outages and a loss of communication services for days. It is important that all citizens monitor changing weather conditions by listening carefully to their National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio, local radio and television stations for storm watches or warnings. When winter weather warnings are issued, the public should be prepared for possible power outages or roads made impassable by snow or ice. Perdue urged residents to practice the following winter safety tips:

• Keep alternative heating sources prepared. If you have a fireplace, store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood. Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure your family knows how to use them. • Properly vent kerosene heaters and keep any electric generators OUTSIDE and away from any open windows or doors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, do not burn charcoal indoors. Carbon monoxide poisoning can result from charcoal fumes indoors. • Keep fresh batteries on hand to use with flashlights and weather radios. • Always keep at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food in your home. • Wear multiple layers of thin clothing instead of a single layer of thick clothing to stay warm. You will be warmer and, as the temperature changes, you can easily remove layers to remain comfortable. • If you must travel during a winter storm, store an emergency kit in your vehicle that includes: blankets, a battery-powered radio with extra batteries, a first aid kit, a flashlight with

extra batteries, battery booster cables and flares, a tire repair kit and pump, a road map, a sack of cat litter (for tire traction), a tow rope, bottled water and non-perishable high-energy foods such as granola bars, extra clothing to keep dry, and a windshield scraper and brush.

• If driving on snow- or ice-covered roadways, reduce your speed. Driving at the regular speed limit will reduce your ability to control the car if you begin to slide. Leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles. • If conditions worsen and you can no longer drive safely, pull off the highway. Stay calm and remain in your vehicle. Do not set out on foot unless you can see a building close by where you know you can take shelter.

From the desk of Heath Shuler Shuler Will Be Honored as SEC Football Legend on Saturday

Former University of Tennessee quarterback Heath Shuler will be honored as a 2009 Southeastern Conference Football Legend on Saturday before the SEC football championship game at the Georgia Dome. Rep. Shuler was the Heisman Trophy runner-up at Tennessee in 1993, when he also was named SEC Player of the Year and led the league in pass-

ing. Shuler passed for more than 4,000 career yards and set numerous Tennessee passing records. His school record of rushing for 11 touchdowns in 1992 still remains a UT record for a quarterback. Shuler was the first round draft pick by the Washington Redskins in 1994, and also played for the New Orleans Saints before injuring his foot and re-

tiring from the NFL after the 1997 season. Shuler will be one of the 12 legends who will be honored before kickoff at the SEC Championship game between Florida and Alabama. Shuler and the former SEC stars also will be honored at a private dinner Friday night when Verne Lundquist of CBS will serve as master of ceremonies.

This week, an extension goes into effect allowing North Carolinians to continue to take advantage of the federal $8,000 homebuyer tax credit which has successfully increased home sales across the nation this year. Congressman Heath Shuler (D-Waynesville) voted to extend the tax credit beyond its original expiration date of November 30 to April 30, 2010. “Experts say the first tax credit has been responsible for the sale of hundreds of thousands of homes nationwide this year,” said Congressman Shuler. “This tax credit will help working families and individuals fulfill the dream of homeownership during these challenging economic times.” Congress established the $8,000 homebuyer tax credit as a component of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which passed the House of Representatives in February.   Last month, Rep. Shuler voted

with a majority of Congress to pass the Worker, Homeownership and Business Assistance Act of 2009 that extended the tax credit through April 30.  Members of the Armed Services who buy a principal residence in the United States can claim the credit for an extra year. More than 55,000 North Carolinians have taken advantage of the tax credit through November 2009, according to the National Association of Realtors, and about 2 million homebuyers have used it nationwide. Pending home sales have increased nine months in a row, and the National Association of Realtors credits the tax credit for spurring the increase in real estate activity. Additionally, the group estimates that each home sale generates approximately $63,000 in direct spending on appliances, furnishing and other goods and services, which helps the overall U.S. economy.

Miles Gregory of Gregory Realty Co. in Franklin said that the recent slowdown in the residential real estate market was the worst he’s seen in 40 years of business. He lauds the tax credit for helping to stimulate recent sales of homes in the area. “The tax credit just is a godsend that helps break the ice and is sending the real estate market in the right direction,” Gregory said. The bill primarily aids first-time homebuyers, but homeowners who have lived in their home for five consecutive years also are eligible for a $6,500 tax credit for new home purchases. “This tax credit not only benefits homebuyers but all homeowners because it shores up residential real estate prices,”said Congressman Shuler.“This bill will help contribute to a rebound in the real estate market, job growth, and a boost to the overall economy.”

Congressman Shuler Announces Homebuyer Tax Credit Extension to Start This Week

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COMMUNITY

Wednesday December 9, 2009

Vitamin Manufacturers to pay $25 Million to North Carolina

Vitamin manufacturers who took part in a price fixing scheme have agreed to pay North Carolina and 22 other states $25 million, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced today. “Price fixing undermines fair competition and hurts consumers,” Cooper said. “Conspiring to overcharge customers is the wrong way to do business.” Today’s settlement was negotiated on behalf of consumers and businesses that purchased certain vitamins be-

tween 1988 and 2000. As a result of the settlement, North Carolina will receive more than $1.7 million. Cooper and the other attorneys general alleged that certain vitamin manufacturers got together and fixed prices of vitamin ingredients that they sold to food processors and drug manufacturers. The vitamins affected by this alleged price fixing are: vitamin A, astaxanthin, vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B4 (choline chloride), vitamin B5

CATHOLIC MASS TIME IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY - HAYESVILLE Mass - Wednesday at 5 P.M. Mass - Saturday at 4 P.M. ~ Mass ~ Sunday at 9 A.M.

SAINT WILLIAM - MURPHY Mass - Saturday at 6 P.M. Mass ~ Sunday at 11 A.M.

Pastor: Rev. George M. Kloster

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MMC Volunteers Honored Murphy Medical Center dedicated Wednesday December 2nd to show thanks to some 60 volunteers

(calpan), vitamin B6, vitamin B9 (folic acid), vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamine pharma), beta-carotene, vitamin C, canthaxanthin, vitamin E, and vitamin H (biotin), as well as all blends and forms of these vitamins. Also included is Premix, a product that contains one or more these vitamins in combination with other substances. The $25 million settlement announced today follows an earlier $225 million settlement reached in 2000 involving the same vitamins but different vitamin manufacturers. North Carolina received approximately $16 million as part of the earlier settlement. Court approval of a related class action lawsuit, Richardson et al. v. Akzo Nobel Inc. et al., is pending with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Besides North Carolina, the other states participating in this settlement are: Arizona, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Murphy Medical Center Volunteers were honored with a Christmas luncheon on Wednesday, December 2, at Brasstown Community Center. Approximately 60 volunteers enjoyed a delicious holiday luncheon and a short slide presentation of their work through the past year.

 Volunteers give their time in many different departments of Murphy Medical Center including Granny’s Attic Thrift Shop in Hayesville, The Giving Tree Gift Boutique in the MMC lobby, Hospice, the Nursing Home and the many departments on the main campus of the hospital.

The Murphy Medical Center Volunteer Department has 145 active volunteers.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please call 835-3667 or you may find an application at MMC’s website www.murphymedical.org.      

great deal of time and energy toward the economic needs of Andrews and Cherokee County. His desire was to make Western North Carolina a better place to live. Mr. Ferebee was a former State Senator , Mayor of Andrews for a number of years, and served as President of Citizens Bank and Trust Company of Andrews for 40 years. He died December 30, 1970 at the age of 79. In his will Mr. Ferebee stated that “

one of the great interests of my life has been promoting the cause of higher education in North Carolina and in assisting and encouraging worthy and talented young people to attain college, university, and graduate school educations.” Eligibility Criteria: • Applicants must be high school seniors from Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon or Swain County or

from the Cherokee Indian Reservation. • Applicants must demonstrate worthy and talented characteristics. • Applicants must demonstrate financial need. • Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement. • Applicants must attend an accredited four-year college or university located in North carolina.

Interested parties may find applications: • online at www.wachoviascholars. com • may request an application by calling 866-608-0001 or e-mailing ljenkinscsa@bellsouth.net. The application deadline for the 2010-2011 academic year is a postmark n later than January 14, 2010.

Local fund accepting scholarship applications

Scholarship Awards Facilitated by the Center from Scholarship Administration, Inc. Wachovia Bank, N.A. Trustee 4320 Wade Hampton Boulevard, Suite G, Traylors, S.C. 29687 Phone: 866-608-0001 Fax: 864268-7160 E-mail: ljenkinscsa@bellsouth.net The Percy B. Ferebee Endowment Fund will be accepting scholarship ap-

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LOCAL

Wednesday December 9, 2009

Ruth Davis

Ruth Davis, 81, of Hayesville died Monday, Nov. 30, 2009 in a Hiawassee, GA care facility. She was a native

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of Swain County, but had been living in Clay County since 1940. She was a homemaker and member of the Truett Memorial Baptist Church. She was the daughter of the late Robert Jackson and Fannie Mae Bishop Martin and the wife of the late Samuel Wiley Davis, who died Nov. 11, 1992.  She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Tracy Michael Anderson. Surviving are a daughter, Betty Anderson and husband, Jerry of Hayesville; a son, Sam W. Davis Jr. and wife,

Madeline Wakeham

Madeline Wakeham, 71, of Hayesville died Friday, Dec. 4, 2009 in a Murphy medical center. She was a native of New York, but had lived in Florida before moving to Clay County in 2005. She was a retired telephone supervisor with Eastman Kodak. Madeline was of the Catholic faith.  She was the daughter of the late Harlow Edward and Bessie Mae Gage Gould and the wife of the late John A. Wakeman who died Dec. 4, 2003.

Kathleen Blankenship Mosteller

Kathleen Blankenship Mosteller, 81, of Hayesville died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009.  She was a native of Man-

chester, England, but had lived in Clay County since 1947. She had worked for St. Joseph Hospital in Asheville for many years and retired later in life from Young Harris College. She was a member of the Chatuge Hills Assembly of God.  She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Olive May Ogden. Surviving are four daughters, Mary Blankenship Hedden and husband, Larry and Sue Blankenship Cunningham all of Hiawassee, GA and Joyce Patterson and husband, Ricky

Alice E. Long

Alice E. Long, 88, of Hayesville

died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009 in Clay County Care Center. She was a native and lifetime resident of Clay County. Alice was a homemaker and was a member of the Chatuge Hills Assembly of God.   She was the daughter of the late Bob and Nellie Parker Rogers and the wife of the late Laddie Hogsed, who died in 1965 and Buford Long, who died in 1989.  She was also preceded in death by a son, Bobby Ray Hogsed.  Surviving are two daughters, Caro-

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Helen of Hayesville; a brother, Robert J. Martin Jr. of Hayesville; four grandchildren, Travis and Ryan Anderson and Chris and Andrea Davis; and six great grandchildren.  Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM Friday, Dec. 4 in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville with Dr. Chester Jones and Rev. Johnny Foster officiating.  Interment was in the Hayesville First United Methodist Church Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Chris Davis, Ryan and Travis Anderson, Richard Martin, Johnny Burch, and Buddy Vaught. The family received friends from

12-1:45 Friday afternoon at the Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville prior to the services. The family requests memorials be made in memory of Ruth Davis to the Allison Bristol VFW Post No. 682, c/o Commander Robert Bond, 678 North  Brooks Cove Road, Hayesville, NC 28904. Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville in charge of all arrangements. An online guest register is available at “Obituaries” at www.iviefuneralhome.com

Surviving are a son, Bret Kelly of Rochester, NY; two sisters, Marjorie M. Wagner of Hayesville and Florence I. VanOrden of Ft. Myers, FL; and three brothers, Charles H. Gould of Ft. Myers, Raymond W. Gould of Belleview, FL, and Daniel D. Gould of Clarkesville, GA. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, Dec. 9 in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville with Father George Kloster officiating. The family will receive friends

10:30-11:00 AM Wednesday at the Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville prior to the services. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Madeline Wakeman to the American Cancer Society, Hayesville Chapter, 120 Executive Park, Bldg. 1, Asheville, NC 28801.   Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville in charge of all arrangements.  An online guest register is available at “Obituaries” at www.iviefuneralhome.com

and Linda Blankenship Garrett and husband, Mike all of Hayesville; two sons, Kenny Blankenship and wife, Vergie and Andrew Blankenship and wife, Dianne all of Hayesville; a sister, Josie Bennett of Manchester, England; and nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM Thursday, Dec. 3 in the Chatuge Hills Assembly of God with the Revs. Aline Mosteller and Clark Moss officiating.  Interment was in the Union Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Andrew Blankenship Jr., Kenneth Brian Blankenship, Randy Sosebee, Barry

Hedden, Travis Garrett, Chad Garrett, Derrick Cunningham, and Brian Hishmurgh.   The family received friends from 6-8 Wednesday evening at the Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville where the body was until placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the services.   The family requests memorials be made in memory of Kathleen Blankenship Mosteller to the Union Hill Cemetery Fund, c/o JoAnn H. Woody, 685 Thumping Creek Road, Hayesville, NC 28904.   Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville in charge of all arrangements.

lyn Hardin of Hendersonville, NC and Betty Ann Hogsed of Murphy; and a sister, Mae E. Franklin of Hendersonville.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, Dec. 9 in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville with the Rev. Aline Mosteller officiating. Interment will be in the New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Glenn Matheson, Sam Beck, Roger Franklin, Jonathan Canup, Gary Kaufman, and David Shephard. Honorary pallbearers will be Owen

Nelson, Charles Turrill, Andy Blankenship, and Clyde Curry Jr.  The family will receive friends from 6-8 Tuesday evening at the Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville.  The family requests memorials be made in memory of Alice E. Long to the New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Debbie L. Mills, 574 Carter Cove Road, Hayesville, NC 28904.  Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville in charge of all arrangements.  An online guest register is available at “Obituaries” at www.iviefuneralhome.com

times, so the consensus was to donated to the Food Panty so that we can start all over again on January 11, 2010, at the first Business After Hours this will be hosted by the Hinton Rural Life Center, 5:30PM, make sure to put it on your calendar. As well as all of your other events coming up for 2010 – visit our website – www.ncmtnchamber. com or www.claycountycalendar.com  for the dates, or come by the office and get you 2009/2010 Directory with all the dates and Business Membership listings.  All of the Artists of Morning Song Studio have been busy creating beautiful items to help you fill your Christmas shopping gift list.  Morning Song will be celebrating the entire month of December with weekly door prize

drawings, gift certificates and surprise gifts from Santa.  Morning Song Studios is located at 10950 Old Hwy 64 West in Brasstown.  I would like to welcome Ben Willingham of The Bear Paints & Inks Art as our newest member.  This gallery and studio is part of the Brasstown Shops.  The artwork and crafts are of the mountains and area including gourds, landscapes, ink drawings of old barns and other art. He is located at 160 Old Highway 64 in Brasstown.  (828) 557-7364 Hope you all have a wonderful week and safe Holiday Season.  THINK LOCAL! SHOP LOCAL! - Marcile Smith, Executive Director Clay County Chamber of Commerce

News from the Chamber By: Marcille Smith

Chamber Director WOW – what a Christmas Party – thank you to everyone who came – I hope you had as much fun as Kim & I did! And for those of you who did the HokiePokie with us! Mountain Elegance did an outstanding job and held nothing back, owners Pam Roman and Susan Hoffman  are ready to help you plan your party, special occasion, or wedding. They are located in the Sequoia Club House at The Ridges at Mountain Harbor; give them a call at 828-389-4135 or 828-389-0981. Mountain Elegance will also be hosting a New Years Eve party with Chef Dennis Barber (of the Copper Door Restaurant) for more information give

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them a call.    Josh Ashe – Oak Forest Realty, outgoing President presented awards to the Board members and also to the Business of Year – Joseph Sorensen Empty Mug Design, Board member of the Year – Jennifer Ray- Murphy Movers, and Volunteer of the Year – Mary Wiegold – Highway 69 Storage. Linda Godwin -First Citizens Bank – President elect – introduced the 2010 Board Members. Thank you to Linda Godwin Chair and Sherry Rodriguez – Take-A-Break Portables, co-chair of this event for doing such a wonderful job.  I’d also like to Thanks Wanda Cotton & Jace Cotton for helping with sign in and collecting monies.  Once again no one won the membership drawing, and we drew about six

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William Richard Boyd, Jr.-TR and Karen O’Halloran & Curtis Onsager sold 1.00 acre, Lot 14 (McGlamery Farms) in Hayesville Township to United Community Bank for $ 21,500 on November 30, 2009. Mary Ann Hooper-TR sold 0.90 acres in Hayesville Township to Jesse S. Ledford for $100,00 on November 30, 2009. Fine Investments LC sold 3.73 acres, Lot 14 (Double Knobb) in Tusquittee Township to Carol Kappert-TR for $ 155,000 on December 1, 2009. Marsha Dellmore and Jackie & Michael Ryan sold 6.496 acres in Shooting Creek Township to Geraldine B. White for $ 100,000 on December 1, 2009. William Richard Boyd,Jr.-TR and KathleenII. Murphy sold 1.15 acres, Lot 46C (Mountain Harbour North) in Hawassee Township to Carolina

First Bank for $88,000 on December 2, 2009. Grady I. Ingle-TR and Stanley V. & Jerolee N. Richards sold 0.51 acres in Hiawassee Township to Nantahala Bank & Trust Co. for $ 534,000 on December 2, 2009. Michael E. & Dina M. Hendrix sold 1.68 acres, Lot 4 (Davenport Heirs) in Hayesville Township to Kenny & Teresa Davenport for $ 148,500 on December 2, 2009. Sheldon L.; Pamela; Kerry M. Leanna P. Staton sold 1,28 acres, Lot 10 (White Pine Ridge Development) in Tusquittee Township to Gary St. Pierre for $ 30,000 on December 4, 2009. Terri L. Griffin sold 3.08 acres, Tract 2 in Tusquittee Township to Owen James Prater for $80,000 on December 4, 2009.

Brooksayne H. Gilikin, 40, of Hayesville, NC was arrested for possess unsealed wine/liq/in pass. area. Possess opn/cons/alc; driving while impaired on November 30, 2009 and released on November 30, 2009. Richard Leslie Hernandez, 21, of Murphy, NC was arrested for robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons on December 2, 2009. Brandon Carroll Lindsay, 23, of Murphy, NC was arrested for breasking

or entering buildings generally; larceny on December 2, 2009 and released on December 2, 2009. James Matthew Rowland, 38, of Marble, NC was arrested for probation violation on December 3, 2009 and released on December 4, 2009. Tina Mae Brown, 46, of Culberson, NC was arrested for obtaining property by false pretenses (2 counts) on December 4, 2009 and released on December 4, 2009.

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Marriages

AnClarence Rondre Brickey, 49, of Dunwoody, GA and Polly Pernell Samlley, 42, of Dunwoody, GA were united in marriage on November 29, 2009.

Foster home desperately needed for Rosco It was 2 PM on a sunny afternoon when I received the phone call- "There is a stray dog in my yard that has been shot". The situation was urgent and a Castaway Critters volunteer arrived with the shelter van. It was shocking to see the extremely large hole in Rosco's right front leg. He had lost a lot of blood and had developed such a terrible infection that the odor was rotten. Who knows how many days had passed since he was shot that he searched for a kind soul to help him. The good samaritan who called Castaway helped to load him in the van and he was rushed to Dr. Mitchell at the Copper Basin Animal Clinic in McCaysville. Dr. Mitchell and his staff quickly went into action to save him. Unfortunately, his leg had to be amputated. Now, it was questionable if he would even make it through the night. ROSCO MADE IT! During the holiday week Rosco has been recuperating under the care of Dr. Mitchell and his staff. Due to the overflow of homeless animals at Castaway's shelter and in our foster homes, there is no room for Rosco. Castaway Critters is looking for someone to foster Rosco while he heals and adjusts to his new life. Then, when he is ready, he will be put up for adoption. Castaway Critters would provide all the necessary supplies to care for him. If you are interested in fostering this young boy, please call June Young at 706-379-2169.

Moss Library Closings Closed Thursday Dec. 24th, 25th & 26th No Evening Hours Thursday, Dec 31st. (Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Closed Friday & Saturday January, 1st & 2nd The Staff Wishes You a Safe & Happy Holiday!!!!


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Wednesday December 9, 2009

Upcoming Events NCWN Schedule

The NCWN West (Netwest) Poetry Critique will meet at Tri-County Community College in Murphy, North Carolina, Thursday, November 5th. at 7:00 P.M.   For more information contact Janice Moore: 828-389-6394.  We invite visitors to come and observe.  The NCWN West (Netwest) Prose Workshop and Critique Session will meet at Tri-County Community College in Murphy, North Carolina, Thursday, November 12th.at 7:00 P.M.   Visitors are invited to come and observe.  For more information contact Richard Argo: 828837-5500 The NCWN West (Netwest) presents Coffee with the Poets, hosted by Phillips and Lloyd Book Store in Hayesville, North Carolina, Wednesday, November 11th.  at 10:30 A.M.   A Netwest poet is featured, followed by open mic. Desserts, coffee and tea are served by Crumpets Dessertery for a small charge. Join us for a morning of local writers reading their words in a warm and friendly environment where everyone is welcome to read, to come and listen and visit with friends. The week of November 9th and 16th. The NCWN West (Netwest) Writing for Children Workshop and Critique Session will meet at Moss Memorial Library in Haysville, North Carolina, Wednesday November 18th., at 10:00 A.M.   The Writing for Children Workshop focuses on poetry and stories for children and young adults. Support and advice is offered to writers.. We invite visitors to come and observe.  For more information contact Nancy Gadsby: 706-896-6392 The NCWN West (Netwest) presents two writers reading poems and stories at  John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina, November 19th. at 7:00 in the Keith House.  Look for articles about the readers in your local news paper.   The  week of November 23rd and 30th. The NCWN West (Netwest) Poetry Critique will meet at Tri-County Community College in Murphy, North Carolina, Thursday, December 3rd. at 7:00 P.M.   For more information contact Janice Moore: 828-389-6394.  We invite visitors to come and observe.  The Board of Directors of the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition will meet at the Blue Mountain Coffee & Grill in Peachtree on Thursday, November 12, at 6:30 pm.  Agendas and meeting summaries are now available on our web site: http://www.hrwc.net/ hrwcboardmeetings.htm The HRWC office is located at 1853 NC Hwy 141 in the Peachtree Community of Murphy, NC and is open Monday-Thursday, 8:30-4:30. Call HRWC at (828) 837-5414, toll-free (877) 863-7388 or email info@hrwc.net for more information.

Self Defense

A Self-Awareness, Self-Defense workshop will be held at the office of One Dozen Who

Care, Inc. (ODWC) on Thursday, November 12, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The office is located at 65 Wilson Street, Suite 6, Andrews, between Dollar General and PJs Pizza. Judith Alvarado of Hayesville is the instructor. This Self-Defense workshop empowers participants by providing knowledge, and teaching techniques, to deter assault. This is not Martial Arts; basic concepts and skills are provided to help develop self-protection strategies, skills that you continue to build upon. Come prepared to learn that you have the ability, and the equipment to defend yourself. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Space is limited; please call 828-321-2273, or 828-361-1941 to reserve your space for this important workshop. If you leave a message with your phone number you will receive a call-back. Registration fee is $5.

Army & Navy Garrison #66

The Army and Navy Garrison #66 meets the first Wednesday of each month. Dinner is at 6 p.m. Veterans meeting and Women’s Auxiliary begin at 7 p.m. 2641 Hwy 66, Young Harris, Ga ( at the Ga/NC State Line) Bill Curns, Commander

Camp  opportunities  for both  Baseball and Tennis. Instruction is top quality  from our professional, college level coaches. No big travel plans needed to learn from some of the best in the coaching field ~ right in your own backyard!  Baseball offers Senior Elite, Junior Elite and  FUNdamental camps.  Tennis offers both Junior Elite and FUNdamental camps.  We also offer year round baseball, tennis & soccer lessons. These are  available for individuals, small groups or a team. The individualized instruction you receive through lessons is tailored

Assault Support

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

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

Al-Anon Meetings 7 p.m. Sunday Night, Chatuge Regional Hospital, Hiawassee GA 8 p.m. Monday Night, “The Mustard Seed”, 12 Step and Twelve Tradition Meeting at Mountain Presbyterian Church, Blairsville GA New Ala-Teen Meeting 8 p.m. Wednesday Night at Mountain Presbyterian Church, Blairsville, Ga. 8 p.m. Wednesday Night at Mountain Presbyterian Church, Blairsville Ga. 12:00 noon Tuesday, Mountain Regional Library, Young Harris, GA Al-Anon is open anyone who has been affected by another person’ drinking. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or a friend. Call 706-835-5827, 706-897-0628 or 828-389-8981. for more information.

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

Co-dependents Co-Dependents Anonymous meetings are as follows: •For women only: At 12 noon on

Grocery Bingo

GROCERY BINGO Friday, 10/30/09 at 7 pm at the Bellview Community Center. Door prizes, pot luck dinner, raffles, all to benefit Bellview Volunteer Fire Dept. All welcome. Info at (828) 837-0214 or 835-3844.BINGO HRWC Meeting The Board of Directors of the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition will meet at the Blue Mountain Coffee & Grill in Peachtree on Thursday, December 10, at 6:30 pm.  Agendas and meeting summaries are now available on our web site: http://www.hrwc.net/ hrwcboardmeetings.htm The HRWC office is located at 1853 NC Hwy 141 in the Peachtree Community of Murphy, NC and is open Mon-

EVENT SPOTLIGHT

2009 Toys for Tots

A THANKSGIVING THANKS

From the “Friends of the Library Bookstore”. To all our loyal customers and Library supporters.....a week long half-price sale. Nov.23rd-25th and Nov. 27th and 28th. Hours 10-4, Mon-Sat. Located across from Moss Library in Hayesville. All proceeds benefit the Library.

REACH

Reach of Clay County Thrift Store is having a HUGE Pre-Thanksgiving Sale Saturday 11/21/09  from 10:00 am. - 4:30 pm.  Storewide  half  price sale on most merchandise.  Call 828.389.0017 with any questions.

The Rock

the ROCK regional sports academy is offering some awesome December

Mondays at Young Harris Library in Young Harris, Ga. Call Linda at (706) 781-3158. •At 8 p.m., Thursdays at Mountain Presbyterian Church in Blairsville, Ga. Call Rocky, (706) 897-2885.

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

Alzheimer's Support

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

Body Sculpting Class

Body Sculpting/Cardiovascular Exercise classes are being offered at Towns County Recreational Center in Hiawassee, Ga. Class is from 6:30-7:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The cost is $4 per class or $48 per month. Contact the recreation center at (706) 8962600 or Susan Rogers at (706) 896-6842.

Divorce Seminar

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

U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Program MISSION: The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. GOAL: The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help needy children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation's most valuable natural resources - our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future. ACTIVITIES: The principal Toys for Tots activities which take place each year are the collection and distribution of toys in the communities in which a Marine Corps Reserve Unit is located and in communities without a Reserve Unit that has a Marine Corps League Detachment or group of men and women, generally veteran Marines, authorized by Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to conduct a local Toys for Tots campaign. Local Toys for Tots Campaign Coordinators conduct an array of activities throughout the year, which include golf tournaments, foot races, bicycle races and other purely voluntary events designed to increase interest in Toys for Tots, and concurrently generate toy and monetary donations. To donate for Toys for Tots see their website at : hayesville-nc.toysfortots.org or please call the Hayesville Coordinator Ms. Atlanta Matheson.

the rise with deadly consequences.  Learn the signs of drug abuse.  Someone you love may be at risk.  Call Narconon for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs. 877379-0208. www.drugsno.com

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

ACTIVITIES

Out-Patient Drug Treatment Program and Education    Narconon warns families that abuse of addictive pharmaceutical drugs is on

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

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

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

Alzheimer's Group

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

Classes for beginners and intermediate students, Wednesdays, 9AM - 1PM at Clay County Senior Center. Cost is $65; must furnish own brushes and canvas. Call the senior center for more information at (828) 389-9271

Enchanted Valley Squares is having Basic Mainstream Classess on Tuesday Nights at the Towns Co Middle School Cafeteria from 7:00-9:00 pm.  For more information:  GA-Al Supplee (706) 3792191 or NC-Bob or Loretta Hughes (828) 837-2561.

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

Cancer support group

Oil Painting Classes

Fellowship Weekly

Brasstown Suppers

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

at the health department, downstairs in Hiawassee on Mondays and Fridays, starting at 12:45 p.m. All players welcome. For more information please call (828) 389-8065.

Square Dance Classes

Food Addicts

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

day-Thursday, 8:30-4:30. Call HRWC at (828) 837-5414, toll-free (877) 863-7388 or email info@hrwc.net for more information.

Book Signing

Thursday, December 10th - Book Signing - Dr. Dale Garland, “Letters from Sweetwater” 122pm, Curiosity Shop, Murphy. Saturday, December 12th - Book Signing Western NC Women writers will be on hand to sign their books, “Clothes Lines” and “Christmas Presence” - Curiosity Shop, Murphy 11-1 and Andrews 2-4.

Coin Club Organizing

Interested in coin collecting? Whether a newbie or old-time coin collector, you are invited to the first official meeting of a coin club forming in the mountain area. Learn about the hobby. Share your knowledge. Meet new friends with similar numismatic interests. The first meeting will be held in Blairsville, Thursday, January 7th, at 6:30 at the Shirley Miller Educational Bldg. This is adjacent to the Union County library in downtown Blairsville.  For more information, contact Charlie Sowers (Blairsville), Bill Thrift (Hayesville) or the Ye Old Coin Shop in Young Harris at 706 - 379-1488.

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to your needs. The lesson experience will Amaze you!  Call for more information @706897-2363 or  check out all the details on our website @ www.theRock.baseballinstructionalshowcases.com

COIN CLUB ORGANIZING

Interested in coin collecting? Whether a newbie or old-time coin collector, you are invited to the first official meeting of a coin club forming in the mountain area. Learn about the hobby. Share your knowledge. Meet new friends with similar numismatic interests. The first meeting will be held in Blairsville, Thursday, January 7th, at 6:30 at the Shirley Miller Educational Bldg. This is adjacent to the Union County library in downtown Blairsville.  For more information, contact Charlie Sowers (Blairsville), Bill Thrift (Hayesville) or the Ye Old Coin Shop in Young Harris at 706 - 379-1488.

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Senior Game Day Dominoes, Hearts, Scrabble, Checkers, etc. Every Tuesday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Clay County Senior Center Call 838389-9271 for more info.

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

Intermediate Bridge Intermediate Bridge is being played

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

Mountain Hikers Mountain High Hikers schedule two hikes each Tuesday, occasionally specialty hikes, and regular trail maintaining tripsall in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina and Georgia. Check the web site: MountainHighHikers.org for schedule and meeting locations or call 828-389-8240 for information.

Amateur Radio

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

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

Cornerstone Community Church 191 Robinson Road invites the public to these special Christmas activities. Sunday Dec. 13 at 11am,  Children’s  Christmas Choir presents “Signs of Christmas.” Sunday night Dec. 13 at 6:30pm our Christmas Banquet with special music by Angela Whisnant and a devotional message by Brian Jones. Thursday night Dec. 24 at 6:00pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion service (45 minutes in length). Call 321-3777 for more info. www.cornerstoneandrews.org

Free Community Produce Distribution

There will be a free community produce distribution on Friday, December 18, 2009 for needy families who are on low income. This is a coordinated project between Manna Food Bank and the First Free Will Baptist Church of Hayesville, NC. Please bring your own bags and boxes to collect food in. The distribution will be between the hours of 12:00 and 2:00 PM in front of the First Free Will Baptist Church at 259 Tusquittee Street (intersection of Ritter Road and Tusquittee Street) in Hayesville. For more information or directions, please contact Carol Hall at 706 896-3438 or 706 994-0635. Thank you,

Lunch on the Hill

This Wednesday, the 9th, we will serve everyone’s favorite, Chicken ‘n Dumplings!   Then we will take a holiday break so our folks can spend more time with their families during Christmas and New Years.  We will open back up on January 20th. There will be no changes in our Worship Service schedule.  Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. and Worship at 11:00.   December 13th

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

Blue Ridge MOAA

The Blue Ridge Mountains Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) meets the third Monday of each month at various area restaurants. All active duty, reserve, retired and former military, and Public Health Service, and NOAA officers, and warrant officers are invited to attend. For information please contact one of the following individuals, in North Carolina: John Bayne at 828-389-9427 and in Georgia: Jim Reynolds at 706-379-6601.

Veteran Consultant

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

Granny's Attic

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

Library Book Store

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

Arts & Crafts Guild

Mountain Regional Arts and Crafts Guild, Inc (MRACG) meets the second Tuesday of each month at ArtWorks Artisan Centre.  ArtWorks is located at 308 Big Sky Drive (behind the Holiday Inn), Hiawassee. Refreshments are served at 6:00 pm and the meeting begins at 6:30 pm.  The next meeting will be held on  August 12.  If you would like to learn more about the Guild, we invite you to the next meeting as our guest Contact us at  706-896-0932  or  mtnregartscraftsguild@hotmail.com  or

we will celebrate the second Sunday in Advent as we prepare to honor the birth of our Savior and King, Jesus Christ.  Join us as we sing the songs of Christmas and rededicate our lives to the service of our Lord. We are located at 5708 Young Harris Highway, Blairsville. Bring your Bible and a seeking heart.  We are handicap accessible; children are always welcome.

Christmas Painting

Christmas Painting Fun!!  Here is a photo of the Christmas Gourd Ornament Class for December 12, Saturday at ArtWorks. The class is from 10am to 12:30pm for children ages 8 - 12, taught by Jeanne Matheny.  Class fee is $12.50 and the Supply Fee is $7.50.  Each child can paint 2 or 3 gourds.  Last day to register for the class is Thursday Dec 10.  Please call 706896-0932 to register your child!

The ROCK Sports Academy

the ROCK regional sports academy is offering some awesome December Camp opportunities for both Baseball and Tennis.  Instruction is top quality from our professional, college level coaches.  No big travel plansneeded to learn from some of the best in coaching  ~ right in your own backyard!  Baseball offers Senior Elite, Junior Elite and  FUNdamental camps.  Tennis offers both Junior Elite and FUNdamental camps.  The ROCK also offers year round baseball, tennis & soccer lessons. These are  available for individuals, small groups or a team. The individualized instruction you receive through lessons is tailored to your personal needs. The lesson experience will Amaze you!  Call for more information @706-897-2363 or  check out all the details on our website @ www.theRock.BaseballInstructionalShowcases.com

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REACH Thrift Store

The REACH Thrift Store hours are from 10 a.m. - 4:30 a.m. Monday Saturday.  We are located at 1252 Hwy 64 W. (Old KT Billiards bldg.,   Donations accepted during business hours.  Volunteers welcome.  Call 828.389.1415 or 828.557.7416 for more information.

CCCC Auxillary

The Clay County Care Center Auxiliary holds it’s monthly meeting the 2nd Thursday of each month. The meetings begin at 10 a.m. at the Care Center. The Auxiliary raises money to help with residents activities. Anyone interested contact Linda Davis at 828-389-4233 or lulu111@verizon.net.

Merchants Assoc.

Historic Hayesville Merchants Association meets at 8 a.m. the 2nd Wed, The HHM board meets at 8 a.m. the 1st Wed, in the community room of United Community Bank. Contact Joseph Sorensen for information. 828-361-7569.

Tusquittee Community Organization

Tusquittee Community Organization meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday June 23rd at Tusquittee Community Center, 4374 Downings Creek Road. Meeting will follow at 7:15 p.m. We invite you to brig a casserole, desert or soda, etc. and visit with us as we have a wonderful program lined up with guests, Mary Catherine West and Judi Greenstone for more stories of our beautiful Tusquittee Valley and to hear of their families’ experiences.

Game Day

Dominoes, Hearts, Scrabble, Checkers, etc Every Tuesday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Clay County Senior Cente Call 838-389-9271 for more info.

Blue Ridge MOAA

The Blue Ridge Mountains Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) meets the third Monday of each month at various area restaurants. All active duty, National Guard, reserve, retired, and former Military, Public Health Service, and NOAA officers and warrant officers and surviving spouses are invited to attend. For information please contact Jim Ferrell at 828-835-9203 or visit www.moaa.org/ chapter/blueridgemountains .

Reach Of Clay County Presents Survivors of Childhood Sexual Trauma Support Group: Beyond the Trauma A Healing Journey for Adult Women Held 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month starting August 1st; 2pm – 4 pm Loretta John Mehan Comm. Svc. Bldg. For more information call Susan Lambert @ Reach – 828.389.0797


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1997 Nissan XE pickup 4×4, 5 speed, 2.4 liter, 4 cylinder. Motor rebuilt 11,000 miles ago. New clutch, new tires, tool box, CD player. 127,000 on running gears. $2,600 OBO. Call 828735-1897 for more information. 2005 FORD FOCUS SES, Runs GREAT! Automatic, white, power locks, power windows, leather seats, tinted windows. Great gas mileage. Well maintained car. Asking below Kelly Blue Book. Asking $5000, OBO. 706-299-1614 or 706-299-1431 leave message.

200-Employment LPN’s/RN’s needed for home health care for several clients in WNC. Maxin Health Care offers great pay, great benefit, FT, PT and flex schedule. Please call 828-299-4388 for details. Applications being accepted , Hiawassee Huddle House Medical Office Assistant- 2 years experience , part-time 706-970-0177 Worked with EMD’s. CNA available excellent references. Will work Sundays. 706-896-5794 CNA’s needed for Cherokee and Clay County. Please call Helen @ (828) 835-8147 Tri-County Community College Public Information Officer (PIO)(Parttime Position) Qualifications: 4 year Degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, or a related field. Three years of experience in the field of journalism, public relations, or communications is required. Must have excellent writing skills, ability to communicate and gather information, and to accurately translate information and written articles suitable for publication in newspapers, the internet, newsletters, and other publications. For a more detailed description and requirements contact Ms. Helen Kilpatrick at Tri-County Community College, 21 Campus Circle, Murphy, NC 28906. Phone: (828) 835-4201, or e mail: hkilpatrick@tricountycc.edu Equal Opportunity Employer

210-Bus. Opportunities Great Opportunity – Work from Home Transportation Business. Be self employed all equipment supplied including vehicle. Fantastic Income. Year Round Business. Easy Operation. Total amount required only $15,000. Perfect for Part Time or Semi Retired person. Call 706-835-2360.

300-Services CLASSIC TRANSPORTATION OF THE TRI-STATE 706-633-3668 classictowncar@bellsouth.net AIRPORTS/MEDICAL/SITE SEEING/WINERIES Lincoln Town Car $10 OFF Fall Special! Will baby sit your child or children: Any age. Reasonable rates.References available. Call 706-299-1614

Horse back riding lessons for kids. Horses are calm and well behaved. Given by an experienced rider. Interested? Call for more information or rates. 706-299-1614. A&R Landscape Residential, and commercial lawn care. Plant, turf and grassing, lot clean up, mulching and retaining walls. 706-994-2457. Walker Storage Corner of Old Highway 64 West and West Cherry Road. Concrete block Construction 828389-4926 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.# Tile installer your tile or mine, 26 years experience have references and liability insurance. Ask for Don at 828389-9394 # D&L Painting & drywall INC. Painting/Staining Interior • Exterior • Residential • Commercial DRYWALL Hang • Finish • Texture all types of finishes & textures 100% Quality Driven. Free Estimates cell: 828-508-5270 office(1): 828-321-2111 office(2): 828-479-4052 Bush hogging, Stump-grinding, gardens plowed, gravel-roads/driveways scraped, post-holes dug, sickle mowing. Free estimates, reasonable rates, dependable service. (828) 8377809 Cell: (828) 361-8738 #

500- Miscellaneous 2 sets of twin mattresses and box springs, rarely used; $75 each set. Kenmore washer and gas dryer in good working order, $150; 828-3896181. 2007 Bobcat T300 Compact Track Loader Must Sell Now! Price $4700,trailer included, Cab with Heat/ AC, contact: ev32hmk@msn.com/ 336-464-2485.

600-Wanted Looking for bumper-pull horse trailer in good shape. Nothing too pricey. If you have one for sale or you want to get rid of call 706-299-1614. Wanted: Old Pinball machines, electro-mechanical, . Call 828-3896459

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Hay for Sale- Square bales, $3.00 each Call 828-389-4592 Radiance Gas Heater Vermont Castings, Model 2600 Gas Heater… for Propane or Natural Gas. Enameled Cast Iron, dark green, in excellent condition, thermostat controlled. 26,000 BTU. Owner’s guide included. Standing pilot with Piego ignition, 400 lbs. $1,000 Call 828-389-4592 Come Shop 40% Off Sale at Bloomsbury Cottage at Tater Ridge Shops excluding purses and Marie Osmond items Dec.1st-? Travel Trailer for Sale. Very clean, no pets, no smoking. Located in Hiawassee in Campground on Lake. Has attached deck with aluminum/ vinyl awning, pool, Recreation area, boat dock and storage, WIFI & cable available. $6,700 OBO 299-378-4175, 229377-6104 LEAVE MESSAGE

Sofa bed (queen) beige/ burgundy plaid $100 and small beige recliner $60 All good condition. 706-8966071. Hiawassee Antique Mall 460 N. Main Street Hiawassee. Open year round. Mon.-Sat. 10-5, Sun 12-5. Antiques-Collectibles. 706-896-0587 Pro-Activ Solution for sale! I didn’t read the fine print – am now swamped with the stuff. How about $20 for the $45 product package? Call me – it’s a great product but I can’t use all of it. 706-781-3044.

800-Animals Adorable Labradoodle puppie, black, blond. 4 weeks old at Christmas, $600. Call 828-361-9098 Black Angus. Appalachian GrownAll natural farm raised USDA Inspected, processed and packaged by the quarter. Heifers and cows bred with quality genetics for sale. Walnut Hollow Ranch, Hayesville, 828-389-8931 crkissling@verizon.net Professional dog Training, Boarding & Grooming, 1-4 week courses available, training service guaranteed, references abundant, GSD breeders. Located in Mineral Bluff, GA visit mountaindogboarding.com (706)374-9021 #

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39 Acres of land, with Trout stream. Good place for campground. Has 45 x 100 metal building. Has spring, lacks 2 filters. Tests being State approved. Has nice views, be good for developing. Price: $7,000 per acre. 828-8357880 3 Cabins, must see- reduced! In gated communities.Starting at $199,000, Call 706-896-2353. Must sell! Hiawassee, Ga. 2 adjoining lots, long range, year round mountain views. Well established neighborhood; $36,500 each; 706-781-5274. Lots within a gated community. Reduced. Highest elevation in Towns County. Call 706-896-2353. stop THE CAR HONEY! $319,000 short sale Make offer- in town- lake view, lake access & mountain views. 4br/4ba, oversize 2 car garage, complete apartment downstairs. Many, many extras. Almost new. Excellent condition. Must sell. Beautifully furnished by designer. Owner must sell furniture and furnishings at fraction of cost. Charlotte Ledford Realtor; 706-781-7028

1000 - Rentals 2/1 Cedar Cabin, West of Murphy, NC in Indian Rock Springs. Wraparound porch overlooking creek. $575 a month, $575 Security deposit. Available January 1st, 2010. Non-smoking, small pets negotiable. Call Kathy at 561-329-8748 5br/3ba Upscale home 2 car garage 1.71 acres near Young Harris College. $1200 per month/deposit plus utilities or for sale $399,000. Call 706-8966208.

Place your ad in our classifieds and reach thousands of Western Carolina readers. Cost is only $5 for the first 10 words for one week in Cherokee, Clay and Graham Counties. Call (828) 389-8338

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Please Submit your classified ad by 3:00 PM on Monday or your ad will not run until the following Wednesday 2 Bedroom 1 Bath Basement Apartment. Washing Machine, Dryer, Dishwasher, Furnished. First month rent only $450. Includes electricity and gas. Some light repairs need to be performed. Will exchange for rent. Apartment still live in ready. Call 828389-1607. 2BR/2.5BA two story Cottage Style house close to Hiawassee $575/ month plus deposit. All appliances, water&garbage collection included. 706-896-4988 or 706-781-9917. 1 Bedroom 1 Bath Apartment for Rent in Peachtree Area in Cherokee County NC. New Construction, Rent $450 per month. Water included in rent. Security Deposit and lease agreement required. HUD Approved. No Pets. (828) 837-6758 after 5 pm. NEW NAME, NEW DEALS! NOW Renting 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, 2 Bedroom, 1 1/2 Bath from $475 to $595, includes all appliances, free water and trash disposal. NO steps and Pet friendly. Ridgeline Apartments, 3346 Highway 64 East, Hayesville, NC. 828389-1545 # 2 Br- 2 Bath Lakeview on Highway 175 $500 a month . 828-524-0514 or 828-507-1617 3 BR 1 1/2 BA mobile home – not in a trailer park. $300 a month. (828) 837-6222. # 3br/2ba 2 car attached garage close to Young Harris College. Beautiful & private; $900 month/deposit, plus utilities; 706-897-3730. Nothing else like it in Towns County. 2 unrestricted lots for sale or lease. Utilities, beautiful landscaping & drive-ways already done by owner. All you have to do is place your RV, park model, or home on lot. 706-2074159. 2BDRM/2BA mobile, CHA, completely furnished on pond, 55+ community. Year round Mtn. views, decks, carport, many extras. $49,500. 706896-8363 or 706-897-0311. Young Harris rentals available Mountain Realty 706-379-3115

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FT Dental Assistant, FT RN Night Float, PTR Housekeeper

The Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority has the above position available. Anyone interested should pick up an application and position description from Arlenea Chapa or Teresa Carvalho at the Cherokee Indian Hospital Human Resources Office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. This position will close December 11, 2009. Indian preference does apply and a current job application must be submitted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of CIHA application.

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Hughes Pool & Stone Carries a full line of Landscaping products including: • Oak, Cypress, Red and Brown Mulch • Brown, White, and Gray Decorative Pea Gravel • Standard Gray Gravel and Rip Rap • White Sand, and River Rock Located behind Downtown Pizza in Murphy on Church St.

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COMMUNITY

Smoky Mountain Sentinel Wednesday December 9, 2009

Girl Scouts-It’s a Girl Thing

The following is an essay written by Hayesville Girl Scout - Aspen Fine

Roads:

• 325 front-end loaders and backhoes. • 450 motor graders (used to push snow and slush). • Pick-up trucks outfitted with snowplows. • 3,200 employees prepared to assist

with efforts. The department prioritizes which roads are cleared first, focusing on strategic corridors such as interstates and other multi-lane primary routes that are essential to the movement of intrastate and regional traffic. NCDOT then works to clear lower-volume primary roads and secondary roads, and then subdivision streets. There are several ways for citizens to find out about road conditions.

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Travelers can call 511, the state’s tollfree travel information line, or visit the NCDOT Traveler Information Web site at www.ncdot.gov/traffictravel. NCDOT also offers travel information on Twitter, a free social-networking Web site. Citizens can get brief updates, or “tweets,” for 16 different routes or regions of the state by signing up at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter.

Take your toys to the Bank

There are many reasons to join a local Girl Scout troop. The reasons will differ for each girl. Some of the reasons I joined my local troop are: to continue a family tradition; impact my community in a positive way; develop skills through the fundraising programs; and to make new friends and add value to life of others. My parents have taught me to always do my best no matter the circumstances. Being a Girl Scout helps me to grow as a young girl and to always be able to do my best. First, my grandma, my mom and my aunt were all Girl Scouts. My grandma was a Girl Scout leader. My mom was going to Girl Scout meetings and going on Girl Scout camping trips since she was 2 years old. I am happy to carry on this wonderful family tradition. If God blesses me with a daughter in the future, I hope she will be a Girl Scout too. Second, it is a great honor to be able to help provide food and clothing to local families in need. My favorite project was making “birthday boxes” for the Food Pantry. This is because I think everyone should feel special on their birthday. I was happy to make some child smile with a birthday cake

and party decorations. During these economic hard times, it is a good feeling to be able to lend a helping hand, a warm smile, a hand-made card or a friendly visit to the nursing home. I pray that with these efforts I have been able to bring many people joy. Third, I enjoy participating in the fundraisers. The fundraisers help me to set and accomplish goals, earn

cookie dough dollars to help pay for Girl Scout camp, share smiles, learn to be a good steward of money and develop salesmanship skills. I also enjoy assisting my troop with raising money to put back into the community. My favorite thing about the fundraisers is that I develop courage and meet many people in our community that I have

developed a special bond with. In fact, they are already calling me to find out when cookies go on sale. Finally, I enjoy making new friends. My mom taught me a song that she

learned when she was a Girl Scout. My grandma taught her, while she was her Girl Scout leader. It is a song about making friends. I have met many through Girl Scout camp and through my troop. I may not get to spend much time with my new friends, but I am happy to be with them at camp or Girl Scout meetings and activities. In closing, I hope you are encouraged to learn more about Girl Scouts and the many benefits it provides. Oops! I almost forgot to mention this colossal benefit- it is so much fun! I leave you with my song: Make new friends, keep the old, one is silver and the other gold.

"Appalachian Community Bank helps Toys for Tots collect toys for Cherokee County children.  Pictured from Left are Rob Kaser, Ann Castle, Brian Smith and John Evans, Local Coordinator for Toys for Tots."

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