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EDUCATION

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On your way to the post office to drop off your taxes you can drop by the Cherokee County board of elections and cast your ballot early. On April 15th the polls will be open for the Cherokee County election primary. The polls will stay open all the way until May 1st. The only place to cast an early ballot will be at the Cherokee County board of Elections office at 17 Peachtree Street right next to the Driver’s License office. Your ballot for the primary will be determined by which party you’re rooting for. In this election you will be voting for US Senate, US House of Representatives

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Former Cherokee County resident ends own life after stalemate with SWAT team

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changing and online classes are becoming a standard in High Schools across the U.S. Locally however, Cherokee County Schools are being recognized for being the first in our state to take it one step further. Last year the Success 101 program was implemented at a middle school level. The program was put in place to orient middle school students with the ins and outs of online learning. At last Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Dr. Stephen Lane reported: “The Success 101 allows them to have a full range of activities to be able to integrate at the middle school level, so that they are prepared when they go to high school.� He then added “We are the first in the state to do this innovative program at the middle school district wide, and we have added to that program this year by incorporating some of the 5th grade AIG students, which is another ground breaking move that hasn’t been done elsewhere.� Cherokee County has always placed great importance on education, and our schools are staying on the cutting edge by implementing programs such as Success 101 as early as possible. Cherokee county schools are being recognized for being innovators with this program and it will be presented to the state the week after spring break. Key to this

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District 11, NC State Senate District 50, NC House of Representatives District 120, County Commissioner District 1, 2, and 3, Sheriff, Court of Appeals Judge, and District Court Judge. The tickets will then be broken down into parties which will go something like this:

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Ann Worthy Elaine Marshall Ken Lewis Susan Harris Cal Cunningham

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Republican • Larry Linney • Brad Jones • Eddie Burks • Richard Burr Democratic • Marcus W. Williams

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After a three hour standoff with an Atlanta SWAT team, James Scott Carringer, 42 of Young Harris, GA ended his own life. The events leading up to this tragedy started on Tuesday, April 6th when Carringer drove to Kennesaw, GA and met a relative at Dickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sporting goods parking lot. He then abducted the 19 year old female, drove her to a remote part of Gilmer County and raped her. Early on Wednesday morning Carringer released the victim at the campus of Kennesaw State University where she attends college. She then proceeded to check herself into North Georgia Medical Center and reported the crime to Gilmer County Police. The police then issued an alert for Carringerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s black Nissan Xterra. On Thursday Morning around 5:30 a suspicious vehicle matching the description of Carringerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Xterra was reported in the Midtown Atlanta Area on Peachtree Street. Police arrived on the scene shortly thereafter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The man in the vehicle said that he had explosives, and was suicidal,â&#x20AC;? said Major R.L. Browning of the Atlanta Police Department. Police attempted to talk with Carringer to no avail. A SWAT team was soon called in and about 20 mins. later a gunshot was heard from inside the SUV. A bomb squad robot detonated a window and after thorough inspection, no explosives were found. That is also when they found that the driver was dead from a self inflicted gun-shot wound. He was confirmed to be James Scott Carringer. K]]9:<M;LHY_]09

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War over womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shelter rages in Hayesville Premium Mental Proposed shelter would serve as safe haven for women in all of Western North Carolina

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,c$ 2K\\S]YX 5OOVc BT]cX]T[FaXcTa The Town of Hayesville could face legal action by preventing a zoning exemption requested by the New Life Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center. The town council received letters from law offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C. after Hayesvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planning and zoning board unanimously recommended that no zoning exception be made for the proposed homeless shelter. The shelter would accommodate women with addictions and drinking problems, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;disabledâ&#x20AC;? individuals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The [Fair Housing] Act demands that municipalities, such as the Town of Hayesville, change the manner in which its zoning ordinances are applied to afford the disabled the same opportunity to housing as those who are not disabled,â&#x20AC;? wrote Steven G. Polin, Attorney at Law. Brenda Cormack, the shelterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive director, submitted a bevy of documents to the town on April 9, including the letters from attorneys, local letters of support, and a petition with 144 signatures. Of the signatures, only nine represent Town of Hayesville

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residents, Zoning Administrator George Schaaf said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;...We urge you to consider...the risks to the Hayesville community of ruling against the New Life Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center contrary to federal law,â&#x20AC;? Attorney John Mauck wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The consequences for depriving the New Life Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center of their federal right could include a claim for damages and attorneysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fees in Federal District Court.â&#x20AC;?

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The law offices learned of the case by reading a Sentinel article on the Internet, Cormack noted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I did not even ask for help,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I did not seek this; they came to me.â&#x20AC;? Polin said he first became involved in the case three weeks ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was contacted by Brenda Cormack,â&#x20AC;? he said.

Brian Ingraham, CEO of Smoky Mountain Center (SMC) announced today, that after a month long review process, that the remaining services provided by SMC would be awarded to Appalachian Community Services (ACS), in partnership with Jackson Psychological Services (JCPS). According to Ingraham, SMC is one of the last Local Management Entities across that state that has continued to provide services post mental health reform. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has become imperative that SMC divest of the remaining services it provides, as a matter of public policy at the state level, and the evolving role of SMC as a manager of public funds for mental health, developmental disability and substance abuse services. In February, SMC issued a request for proposals for the Adult Recovery Unit at the Balsam Center for Hope and Recovery, psychiatric K]]KE;HY_]09

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>QP\P2P[[b=dZT0a\TS CTaa^aXbcb=Tgc<PY^aCWaTPc President Barack Obama minced no words Tuesday morning, declaring nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists to be a major threat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just the smallest amount of plutonium -- about the size of an apple -- could kill and injure hundreds of thousands of innocent people,â&#x20AC;? he said in his opening address to the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Terrorist networks such as al Qaeda have tried to acquire the material for a nuclear weapon, and if they ever succeeded, they would surely use it. Were they to do so, it would be a catastrophe for the world -- causing extraordinary loss of life, and striking a major blow to global peace and stability,â&#x20AC;? Obama warned. Obama addressed 46 heads of state and other government officials, saying the threat of â&#x20AC;&#x153;nuclear materials that could be sold or stolen and fashioned into a nuclear weapon exist in dozens of nations,â&#x20AC;? adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the danger of nuclear terrorism is one of the greatest threats to global security -- to our collective security.â&#x20AC;? Obama reiterated his call--a year ago in Prague--â&#x20AC;&#x153;for a new international effort to secure all vulnerable nuclear materials around the world in four years.â&#x20AC;? The president outlined an agenda to include not only reducing nuclear arsenal but also stopping the spread of nuclear weapons with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;ultimate goal of a world without nuclear weapons.â&#x20AC;? In a surprise move, Obama introduced President Lee of South Korea, announcing that the next nuclear security summit will be hosted by his country in two years time, saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;this reflects South Koreaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership, regionally and globally.â&#x20AC;?

B42?a^_^bTb=TfAd[Tb C^?a^cTRc8]eTbc^ab8] 0bbTc1PRZTSBTRdaXcXTb The Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed new rules that would change the disclosure, reporting and sales practices of asset-backed securities. Under the proposed rules, issuers of asset-backed securities would have more of an interest in the investments sold. The SEC wants to implement a â&#x20AC;&#x153;skin in the gameâ&#x20AC;? requirement, which would require companies to hold a 5 percent stake in the securities they sponsor. Additionally, firms would be required to provide more detailed and current information about asset-backed securities it offers to investors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The rules we are proposing stem from lessons learned during the financial crisis,â&#x20AC;? said SEC Chairman Mary L. Schapiro. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These rules if adopted would revise the regulatory regime for asset-backed securities in order to better protect investors.â&#x20AC;? Asset-backed securities are created by bundling loans, such as residential mortgages or commercial loans, creating securities backed by those assets, which are then sold to investors. These securities were widely distributed as safe investments with high credit ratings, while customers were not always clear on what made up the security. Generally, the prime credit ratings of the securities allowed investors to assume they were safe, but those ratings proved to be overzealous as sub-prime loans began to default, drastically hurting the asset-backed securities market.

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BcdShbdVVTbcbcWPc b_P]ZX]VRWX[SaT]R^d[S \PZTcWT\PVVaTbXeT Tulane University researchers say in a recent report that spanking children frequently at age 3 will make them more likely to be aggressive when they turn 5. The researchers asked almost 2,500 mothers how often they spank their 3-year-old children in one month. The mothers were also asked about other factors , including their childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s level of aggression, demographic features and maternal parenting risk factors. Almost half of the participants, 45.6 percent, said they had not spanked their children in the previous month. Almost 28 percent reporting spanking one to two times, and 26.5 percent reported spanking their child more than twice. The researchers said in a statement that the more a child is spanked as a toddler, the more likely he is to have higher levels of aggression and exhibit behavior like arguing or screaming, cruelty, bullying or meanness to others, destroying things, fighting and frequently threatening others. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends never spanking children, but the studyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s authors said most parents think it is sometimes an appropriate form of punishment.

Three dead after military plane crashes in Fannin County

A Naval aircraft based in Pensacola, FL and used for training purposes crashed just after 5 p.m. Monday. The US Navy T-39 Sabreliner crashed in a field off Star Creek Road in Fannin County. According to FAA officials, the plane was part of Training Air Wing 6, which conducts routine cross-country missions through Fannin County. The plane went down after narrowly missing a home and set fire to the woods where it crashed. A U.S Forestry Service helicopter was called in to keep the fire contained. The copter was leased from Helicopter Express in Lawrenceville, Georgia, one of the largest fire contractors in the United States. According to witnesses, the downed aircraft was mangled with little left other than the tail section. Officials said the pilot and two others were confirmed dead in the crash. Rescuers are searching for a fourth person said to have been on the plane. The pilot and crew members were not identified at press time.

Setting a Fine example at a tender age Local Girl Scout Aspen Fine is taking scouting to the next level along with her friend Isabella Richter Talk about starting community service early, two young girl scouts are taking on a project to help young mothers with food and supplies for their babies. Aspen Fine, 9, and her friend Isabella Richter, both of whom are members of Girl Scout Troop 30201, have set a goal of gathering 100 packages of diapers, baby wipes, formula and food to help mothers with newly born children in the Clay and Cherokee county area. They are on an active campaign to gather this food and supplies, which will then be turned over to the Food

Pantry, Homeless Shelter and Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Environment Center to be distributed to needy mothers. On Monday, Aspen Fine addressed a gathering of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce at the Peacock Theatre in Hayesville to explain her plan. There will be various drop boxes around the two counties where people may drop off donations. These girls are going beyond selling Girl Scout Cookies as they learn the importance of serving others and the communities in which they live.

I-40 Rockslide Update from NCDOT In the immortal words of Yogi Berra, it was dÊjà vu all over again as bad weather forced suspension of work this morning at the site of Interstate 40 rockslide.   Unlike the frequent episodes of snow and rain that slowed progress all winter, the line of thunderstorms that drenched the area are expected to pass tonight. The National Weather Service forecast calls for sunny skies through April 14.  Before the rains fell, crews continued the final phase of drilling.  The plan to stabilize the mountain calls for crews to install 590 rock bolts into the slope. They have drilled 509 holes and installed 352 rock bolts, so far. In other news, crews continued removing loose boulders, rocks and debris from Site #4, which is adjacent to the rockslide. They expect to complete that work next week.

  Finally, crew members report the appearance of an impressive visitor to the site: a large bear (Yogi?) that is able to climb the steep slope without safety ropes.  A video detailing how a helicopter is used to install rock bolts been posted on NCDOTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/NCDOTcommunications. Click on, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Setting the Rock Bolts.â&#x20AC;?    This section of Interstate 40 near the Tennessee border has been closed in both directions since the rockslide occurred Oct. 25.  NCDOT estimates that it will reopen I-40 by late April when work at the October rockslide site should be completed. About one mile of the westbound lane closest to the mountain will be closed until this summer to allow crews to complete the work â&#x20AC;&#x201C; including the installation of rock bolts and anchor

mesh â&#x20AC;&#x201C; at five additional sites.   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 is 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. NCDOT reminds motorists to stay

alert, follow instructions on the message boards on the highways, 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 stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free travel information line, for current travel conditions. NCDOT also provides alerts about traffic congestion and construction work on Twitter. To access them, go to www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter/. For daily rockslide updates, please visit the NCDOT Web site at www.ncdot.gov and click on the I-40 rockslide daily news and information section or follow work on the rockslide project on Twitter at http://twitter.com/i40_rockslide.

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BT]cX]T[2^[d\]Xbc Even though one writer has suggested â&#x20AC;&#x201C; indeed stated as fact â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that the equivalent of the combined populations of Wyoming, North Dakota, and Vermont descended on DC to protest health care, a number even conservative bloggers disagree with, I think we can all agree that a significant number of people were in the Capitol. Their gathering was democracy in action, up to a point. Even though this nation has a long history of protests against unpopular policies, I remember anti-Vietnam war protesters in the late 1960â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, and how ugly that scene became as I watched it on the nightly news. I was in the military at the time and wholeheartedly agreed with the thencurrent conservative slogan, America: Love It or Leave It. However, those protests, unlike many others, cast an ugly, dark mood over the country. In spite of conservative pundits trying to put a good face on the DC protests, their actions reminded me of the anti-Vietnam war protesters. One writer had the gall to suggest that our black Congressmen were lying about being called the â&#x20AC;&#x153;nâ&#x20AC;? word. In fact, he is putting forth the argument trying to be made by conservative pundits that such unacceptable behavior was fabricated. Such reasoning is excessively cynical, bordering on paranoia. I do not think that protests that split this country into two hardened factions is healthy or productive. They were not healthy in the 1960â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and I do not think they are healthy today. Legitimate protest should not include personal slurs and when such slurs occur, the leaders of the movement should denounce them publicly. We can say that there have been threats made on the lives of Congress-people from both sides, conservative and progressive. Such behavior is inexcusable regardless of who is guilty. Such behavior should not be defended unless we consider hate speech to be a family value. In my opinion, the protests have gone over the top, just as they did in the 1960â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Even in a democracy, there are limits to protests, just as there are limits to free speech. The disagreement has gotten too ugly and that, in turn, begins to threaten the foundation of democracy. One writer chastised me to â&#x20AC;&#x153;get

[my] facts straightâ&#x20AC;? but then misquoted Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. By changing one word, the writer totally mischaracterized the meaning and intent of what she said before the 2010 Legislative Conference for National Association of Counties. She did not exhort Congress to pass the health care reform bill so that â&#x20AC;&#x153;weâ&#x20AC;? can find out what is in it, indicating the Democrats had no idea what they were voting on. Here is her actual quote: â&#x20AC;&#x153;But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.â&#x20AC;? When quoted correctly, there is an entirely different meaning. However, I do agree with the writer that when writing an article for a wide audience, it behooves the writer to check and double check their facts. With that in mind, I invite anyone to point out inaccuracies in my articles. I make no claim to inerrancy. However, I do complete a background check on everything I write about and work to make sure I do not repeat inaccurate material. With that in mind, a writer piqued my interest last week who said Elizabeth Stamatina â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tinaâ&#x20AC;? Fey was the origin of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can see Alaska from my houseâ&#x20AC;? remark. So, I Googled the internet and found that was true, but misleading. Sarah Palin has been ridiculed because her answers to questions about her foreign policy experience have been nonsensical, not because they were false. For example, what she really said, that Tina Fey made fun of, was: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.â&#x20AC;? This statement was from an ABC News interview, September 11, 2008, suggesting that the ability to see Russia from Alaska constituted foreign policy experience. In a follow-up interview with Katie Couric on CBS, she said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where do they go? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alaska. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just right over the border.â&#x20AC;? This was an attempt, once again, to explain why Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proximity to Russia gave her foreign policy experience for the US Vice-Presidency (interview on September 24, 2008). If the ability to see Russia counts as foreign policy experience, then anyone who travels outside the United States has a ton of such experience.

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BT]cX]T[2^[d\]Xbc I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if the editor planned it or not, but I had to chuckle when I turned to the editorial page of last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paper. My column was flanked on the right by Jim Davis asking â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who are the hateful ones?â&#x20AC;? and on the left by Jim Fitzgerald proclaiming, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Republicans are the hateful ones.â&#x20AC;? I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t laugh long. The truth is, there is plenty of hate on both sides of the aisle. The vitriolic partisanship that divides our nation is no laughing matter. We have serious issues that threaten the economic future of our country and our children, and if we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pull together and address those issues in an honest and forthright manner soon, we are all going to pay for it. As a friend of mine says, politics is not a sporting event, where one team must always win while the other loses. We, the people, are not mere spectators sitting on the bleachers pulling for our favorite team to come out ahead no matter what. Folks, government is not a game. In fact, it is deadly serious, as our leaders must confront a dangerous world and make decisions that will affect every single American for years to come. Our economy is on an unsustainable path, and we need statesmen who will tell us the truth about what lies ahead and what must be done to get us going in the right direction again. We need leaders who care more about this country than they do the next election. We need a news media that does its job. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a news flash for the news media â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I DONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T CARE whether the Democrats will be helped or hurt by health care legislation in the next election. I DONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T CARE if the Republicans are hurt by this scandal or that. I care about how legislation is going to affect the people. Please report on the things that matter most. Explain to us the intricacies of new policies and legislation and how they will affect our lives. Stop acting like sports casters calling a football game, telling us whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ahead in the latest polls. I want answers, not controversial sound bites from one politician attacking another. When did government become a public relations game? I am sick to death of the endless back and forth that goes on between Democrats and Republicans. When (USPS # 017-584) is published weekly every Wednesday. Subscriptions are $25 in Cherokee County for 1 year, $45 out of area for 1 year. Single copy rate is $.50 Periodical postage is paid at Murphy, NC

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one party is in power, all the other party does is criticize and obstruct them in every way possible. Then there is an election and power shifts from one party to the other. The parties just reverse roles, each doing the exact same things theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been criticizing the other for. Can we say hypocrite? No wonder so many people hate politics and want nothing to do with it! Others are saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A pox on both their houses,â&#x20AC;? and threatening to â&#x20AC;&#x153;reelect nobody.â&#x20AC;? We need to take the hate out of politics and start talking to one another in a civil manner. Only then can we work together to solve problems. Republicans should stop making wild accusations about Obama, calling him everything from a communist to the Antichrist. He is a progressive liberal who seems to like the European model of government and is moving us in that direction. Conservatives can certainly attack him on those grounds, but should stop spreading rumors and emails about him being an undercover Muslim or a non-citizen. People who do so destroy their own credibility, making themselves look like rightwing nut cases. Democrats should stop dismissing the Tea Partiers as an angry mob or a fringe group of ignorant people who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think for themselves. Doing so just comes across as arrogance. Liberals need to acknowledge that many Americans have legitimate concerns about our mounting debt and the growth of big government. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to realize that we are not just Democrats or Republicans, but Americans, and we are all in this together.

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BT]cX]T[2^[d\]Xbc It has been said that for liberals and Socialists, history begins when they got up in the morning. It appears to have been confirmed by President Obama who has negotiated a nuclear weapons reduction treaty with Russia that gives away a lot, and gets virtually nothing in return. Obama has agreed to cut US military weapons in the one area where the United States holds a substantial advantage. Russia holds a substantial advantage in conventional tactical low yield nuclear weapons and troops. They are not addressed in this treaty. Therefore it appears that the only real result of this Treaty will be to weaken the United States ability to defend itself and encourage our enemies to do more mischief. Under this Treaty the Russians essentially keeps the same number of its deployed strategic launchers, whereas the United States will have to destroy several hundred of ours. According to Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., a former national security adviser and weapons systems expert, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Russians are aggressively modernizing their strategic forces with both new missiles and warheads. They claim, that by 2015, roughly 80% of their longrange arsenal will have been upgraded - an activity the United States is subsidizing by paying them to dismantle their old weapons systems, freeing up funds for Moscowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modernization programs. By contrast, the United States has not introduced a new nuclear weapon in over 15 years.â&#x20AC;? Our missile subma-

rines and bombers are even older, some dating back to the fifties and sixties. Also Moscow has said it will feel free to disregard this Treaty if they believe US missile defenses in Europe are a threat to its deterrent. Just for the record, when have the Russians ever actually kept their word in a Treaty? Those who know their history, realize that the Russians have rarely ever kept their word. Also under this Treaty the US is promising not to use nuclear weapons against nonnuclear states that are in compliance with the Treaty even if they attack the United States with biological or chemical weapons or launch a paralyzing cyber attack. When this became public knowledge this past week, President Obama said he could â&#x20AC;&#x153;change his mindâ&#x20AC;? after we are attacked. If we had a â&#x20AC;&#x153;fair and balanced pressâ&#x20AC;? with an ounce of common sense and guts, they would be demanding that Obama be impeached because he is breaking his sworn duty to â&#x20AC;&#x153;protect and defendâ&#x20AC;? the United States. This would be laughable if it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so serious. Some are beginning to wonder if it is true that Obama is trying to destroy the United States. We have seen him insult and undermine our strongest allies e.g., Britain, France, Germany, Israel, Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Columbia, and more. But to our enemies like Iran he sends yearly greetings and poses for photo ops with brutal Marxists like Chavez of Venezuela and Putin. Those that have not learned the lessons of the past are bound to have been repeated. It is time to stop the Pollyannaish â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopeâ&#x20AC;? and make the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Change.â&#x20AC;?

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Upon reading Paula Canupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s article on April 1st about the Health Care Reform, I was struck with curiosity by her statement that for those that â&#x20AC;&#x153;earn less than 400% of the poverty level, the higher cost [of health premiums] would be offset by government subsidies to help them pay for their premiums,â&#x20AC;? and that everybody elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premiums â&#x20AC;&#x153;will increase 10-13%â&#x20AC;?. I love facts in numbers. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve often found numbers speak exponentially louder than words, so I decided to look up exactly how much you would have to make to be fall within 400% of the poverty level. According to the US Department of Health & Human Servicesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; website, a single person would have to make less than $43,320, a couple - $58,820, then add $14,960 for each child in the household. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pretty big income for Cherokee County, which is considered to have a very low cost of living. Side note: Our low cost of living standard comes from, in my opinion, all our self employed workers who write off every penny they

earn on their taxes(Showing a measly $15K annual income, yet somehow still affording their million dollar homes and convertible BMWs). But with that being said, who in this county Actually makes above these 400% poverty thresholds? Doctors, Pharmacists, Dentists, etc. So what do they do when the government taxes the heck out of them to pay for everybody elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;subsidiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;? Well they jack up the prices on their services, causing our medical bills to go up, causing health insurance premiums to go up, causing more government taxes to help subsidize those premiums, causingâ&#x20AC;Śyou get the point. This government socialism is getting way out of hand. In one year, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve already taken over our banks, the auto industry, student loans, and the mortgage market. Today itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s force-paid health insurance, tomorrow our wombs, the next our right to bear arms. Where will it end? -Jessica Smith

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of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee and remember Mankiller as a person who embraced her whole tribe.   Sanders heard Mankiller give a memorable speech in April of 1989.  She was in Oklahoma for a Cherokee Nation meeting and remembers Mankillerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pride in all Cherokee both in Oklahoma and among the Eastern Band tribal members and the progress the tribe had been making.  Murphy remembers when Mankiller visited Western North Carolina to meet Joyce Dugan, who had been the first female Principal Chief of the Hey kids!  The Murphy Library Eastern Band. has a treat for you.  On the next three Contributed Photo  The library has several books in its Thursdays the library will show new Cherokee Nation leader Wilma Mankiller would have been proud of these vicollection detailing the life and work of brant students from the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians when they vischildrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movies at 3:15 p.m.  Mankiller including her autobiography, ited the Cherokee County Historical Museum in the spring of 2009.  Museum  Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because election workers are â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mankiller, a Chief of her people,â&#x20AC;? (St. using the meeting room for training council chair Glenda Sanders (bottom row, right) was on hand to welcome Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Press 1993) and Scholasticâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s them.  Mankiller passed away on April 6. on Thursday evenings, April 15, 22, biography for young readers, â&#x20AC;&#x153;As long and 29.  Thank you, election workers kee Nation, serving from 1985-1995. as the Rivers Flow. The Story of Nine ,c$ 4_VSO -RK_^SX for giving us the idea of showing kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; President Clinton had awarded her Native Americansâ&#x20AC;? by Paula Gunn and 2^]caXQdcX]VFaXcTa movies earlier on these days! the Presidential Medal of Freedom in Patricia Clark Smith.   The museum also carries a wide Cherokee tribal leader Wilma 1998.  Both Cherokee County Historical assortment of books on the history of Mankiller died on April 6, 2010 at the age of 64.  She had been the first Museum council chair Glenda Sand- the Cherokee people encompassing its female Principal Chief of the Chero- ers and librarian Jeff Murphy of the leaders such as Mankiller. Murphy Public Library are members

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  This Thursday, April 15, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll screen â&#x20AC;&#x153;Planet 51â&#x20AC;? at 3:15 p.m.  It is rated PG and runs 91 minutes.  This is a good movie for young children, ten years old or younger.  In some stories, a regular kind of guy winds up in a strange land.  This time American astronaut Chuck Baker lands his spaceship on Planet 51 and everything is very familiar.  There are pretty streets, white picket fences, and everyone is having a happy time. In fact, it feels strangely like Leave It to Beaver in the 1950â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.  The only difference on this planet is that everyone is little and green.  And they have been told that American astronauts are very bad.  Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s okay with astronaut Baker â&#x20AC;&#x201C; he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to stay long anyway.  Now if they will just let him leave.   Call the library at 837-2417, or go to www.friendsofmurphylibrary. wordpress.com to see the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trailer.

Contributed Photo Left to Right: Dr. Jenkins Clarkson; Melody Hayes, RN; Cindy Hogsed, RN; and Debbie Shelton, RN

Purple newborn caps replaced the traditional pink and blue on the tiny heads of infants at Murphy Medical Center and all over the state this week. The hand-knitted caps, donated by both North Carolina Hospital Association volunteers and a wide array of individual community knitters, are a way to remind parents about the normalcy of early infant crying and how to cope with it.   Theâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Period of PURPLE Crying: Keeping Babies Safe in North Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; program educates parents and other caregivers about a typical stage in early infancy that is frequently misunderstood. Frustration often accompanies normal increased early infant crying,

Legal Notices CREDITORâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NOTICE 10 E 69 Having qualified as the executor of the estate of Earl T. Sears 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 594 Brasstown View Road on or before the 14th day July of , 2010 this notice will be pleaded in bar of there recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This the 8th day of April 2010. Sean P Sears, Sr Executor of the Estate of Earl T Sears, Deceased.

CREDITORâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NOTICE 10 E 68 Having qualified as the executor of the estate of Jerry L Sears 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 594 Brasstown View Road on or before the 14th day July of , 2010 this notice will be pleaded in bar of there recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This the 8th day of April 2010. Sean P Sears, Sr Executor of the Estate of Jerry L Sears, Deceased.

CREDITORâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NOTICE 10 E 69 Having qualified as the executrix of the estate of Robert Berman Sr. 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 901 Midway Creek Road, Murphy, NC 28906 on or before the 7th day July of , 2010 this notice will be pleaded in bar of there recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This the 5th day of April 2010. Glenda C. Berman Jennifer Lynn Coburn Co -Executrix of the Estate of Robert Berman, Deceased.

NOTICE TO THE CREDITORS OF ARTHUR L. KUMMERLEN Having qualified as the Ancillary Administrator CTA of the Estate of ARTHUR L. KUMMERLEN deceased, late of Palm Beach County, State of Florida, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of said deceased to exhibit them to the undersigned at the following address: P.O. Box 596, Murphy, NC 28906, on or before the 14th day of July, 2010, or this Notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said decedent will please make immediate payment. This 14th day of April, 2010. W. Arthur Hays, Jr., Ancillary Administrator CTA of the Estate of Arthur L. Kummerlen

which is a key trigger to shaking. The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Period of PURPLE Cryingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; program also promotes infant/parent bonding, and other crucial parenting skills. Murphy Medical Center implemented the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;PURPLEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; program  this year and is educating the parents of newborns. Nurses from the hospital are enthusiastic about the program, seeing what a difference it can make in the lives of both parents and infants. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The more information we can give, the better,â&#x20AC;? said Jan Partin, Labor and Delivery Manager. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all think we would never shake our babies, and of course most of us never do, but this information is helpful for everyone. As a mother, I know how frustrating it

can be to deal with a screaming infant. Sometimes thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing you can do to soothe the baby, so you just have to calm yourself. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard, but if you know what to expect, it makes it much easier to handle.â&#x20AC;?   The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;PURPLEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; program includes individual, in-hospital parent education and research-tested take-home tools; a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;PURPLEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; DVD and booklet to reinforce key messages so that parents understand this normal crying period in every infantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life and how to cope with it.   Shaken Baby Syndrome is currently among the leading causes of child abuse deaths in the U.S.

The Cherokee County 9-12 Project will host a Health Care Freedom and Statesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Rights Forum on Monday, April 26 from 6:30pm8:00pm at the Mountain Vista Inn in Murphy. Presentations will be made by Dr. Dan Eichenbaum, US Congressional Candidate for NC 11, and Jim Davis, State Senatorial Candidate for NC 50. All are welcome to attend. For questions or additional information, please call the 9-12 Hotline at 828-837-0055.

The Cherokee County 9-12 Project will also be holding a General Meeting. Please join us on Saturday, May 1, at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Murphy, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. We will be honoring our military veterans who have selflessly served this great nation and kept it and us safe from harm. All are welcome to attend. For questions or additional information, please call the 9-12 Hotline at 828-837-0055.

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James Scott Carringer, 42, of Young Harris died Thursday, April 08, 2010. He was a native of Cherokee County. He was a 1986 graduate of Murphy High School. Scott was coowner and operator of the Appraisal Agency in Young Harris, GA. He was a member of the Little Brasstown Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a sister, Crystal Carringer Davis. He was the son of James L. and Janice Maddox Carringer of Brasstown. Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife, Judy Moe Carringer; a daughter, Haylee Jayne Carringer of Athens, GA; a son, James Hagen Carringer of Hayesville; and a sister, Kimberly Carringer Lewis of Stow, MA.

A private family funeral service was held Sunday (April 11) in the Chapel of the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy with Rev. Aud Brown officiating. Interment was in the Little Brasstown Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Kent Carringer, Rob Rollins, Mark Knight, Dewayne Plemmons, Mike Lewis, and Jeff Taylor. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made in memory of James Scott Carringer to the Haylee Carringer and Hagen Carringer Educational Fund, c/o United Community Bank, PO Box 1050, Hayesville, NC 28904. Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements. An online guest register is available at â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obituariesâ&#x20AC;? at www.iviefuneralhome.com

Mrs. Edith WiilaMae Lovingood, age 82, of Reservoir Rd. Murphy, NC. Formerly of Culp Creek, OR. passed away Easter Sunday, April 4, 1020. Mrs. Lovingood was born February 16, 1928 in Murphy, NC, the daughter of the late John Lawson Graves and the late Nora McTaggert. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother and will Be GReatly missed by her family and all who knew her. Mrs. Lovingood was a member of The Good Samaritan Baptist Church of Culp Creek OR. Mrs. Lovingood enjoyed her flowers, quilt making and traveling. Surviving Mrs. Lovingood are one daughter and son-in-la, Betty and JL Moore of Murphy, NC. One son Edward Lovingood of Cottage Grove, OR. Brothers and sisters: JD and Virginia Graves of Oakland, OR. Kate Harness of Andrews, NC. Bill and mavis Graves of Springfield,

Ohio. Sheridan and Linda Graves of Murphy, NC. mary Jo and Kenneth Dockery of Murphy, NC, Marylee and Chuck Wolethmath of Roanoke, VA., Tommie ( Hyt) and June Graves of Farner, TN. Randy and Vicki Graves of Monganton, NC. Five grandchildren: Lisa Sells, Jerald Monica, Darrell, and Chris Moore. Nine great- grandchildren, Brandon, Ryan and Devin Cordin. Kend-yl and Kayley Sells. Hunter and Savannah Moore. Remington and Spencer Moore. Many other relatives and friends also survive. The family received friends at the Ranger Baptist Church from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 6. The funeral services will be held at a later date at the Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield, OR Mountainview Funeral Home of Blairsville, Ga in charge of the arrangements.

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Robert R. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bobâ&#x20AC;? Alexander

Robert R. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bobâ&#x20AC;? Alexander, 57, of Murphy died Monday, April 5, 2010. A native of Bellaire, OH, he was raised in Shadyside, OH and moved to Murphy in 1996. He was owner and operator of Alexanderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Appliance. Bob was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife of 17 years, Ruby Martin Alexander; a daughter, Erica A. Sedler of West Palm Beach, FL; a son, Lance Alexander and wife, Amanda of Murphy; a stepson, Travis Fennell of Murphy; a sister, Linda Hammond of

Shadyside, OH; three brothers, Douglas Duda of Bellaire, OH, John Alexander of Sardis, OH, and James Alexander of Royal Palm Beach, FL; a half-brother, Joseph Fabry of Cleveland, OH; and three grandchildren. A memorial service was held at 5:00 PM Friday, April 9 in the Hopewell Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Maughan officiating. Inurnment was in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Robert R. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bobâ&#x20AC;? Alexander to Ruby M. Alexander, c/o First Citizens Bank, 22 Hiwassee Street, Murphy, NC 28906. Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of arrangements. An online guest register is available at www.iviefuneralhome.com

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Shirley Allen

Shirley Allen, 59, of Murphy died Monday, April 5, 2010 in a Murphy medical center. She was a native and lifetime resident of Cherokee County. In her early years, Shirley worked as a sales clerk for Trudys Department Store and later worked for several years for Blue Ridge EMC in Young Harris, GA. She was a member of the Old Fashioned Baptist Church, where she had served as a Sunday School teacher for several years. She was the daughter of Ella Faye Chastain Beaver of Murphy and the late Kenneth Oran Beaver. Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her husband, Harold E. Allen; a daughter, Lindsey Allen of Murphy; three sisters, Barbara Wilcox of Cleveland, TN, Nancy Truett and husband, Robert of Murphy, and June Setser and husband, Kenneth of Alto, GA; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM Thursday, April 8 in the Old Fashioned Baptist Church with the Revs. Hoyt Brown and Aud Brown officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Danny Truett, Nathan Wilcox, Donny Fleming, Robert Truett, Bruce Little, and Dwight Lovingood. The family received friends from 6-8 Wednesday evening at the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy where the body was until placed in the church at the service hour. The family requests memorials be made in memory of Shirley Allen to BrightPoint for Children, Inc., 1610 Exeter Court, Marietta, GA 30068. Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements. An online guest register is available at â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obituariesâ&#x20AC;? at www.iviefuneralhome.com

Howard L. Barton, 72, of Murphy died Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at his residence. He was a native and lifetime resident of Cherokee County. Howard was a retired telephone installer and repairman for our local telephone company. He was a member of the Dooley Masonic Lodge No. 367. He grew up in Peachtree Memorial Baptist Church and continued his faith throughout his life. He was the son of the late Norman Nathan and Tiney Roberts Barton. Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Loretta Mull Barton; a daughter, Lisa Rine and husband, Michael of Powder Springs, GA; a son, Keith Barton and wife, Yvette of De-

catur, GA; two sisters, Dorothy Stalcup of Gatlinburg, TN and Pearl Crain of Marble; and three grandchildren, Jared and Keaton Rine, and Alana Barton. A memorial service was held at 3:00 PM Saturday, April 10 in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy with the Rev. Paul Bauer officiating. The family received friends from 1-2:50 Saturday afternoon at the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy prior to the services. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Howard L. Barton to the Bellview Community Cemetery Fund, c/o Harley Beaver, 139 Carson Lane, Murphy, NC 28906. Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements. An online guest register is available at â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obituariesâ&#x20AC;? at www.iviefuneralhome.com

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Albina Handler

Albina Handler, age 70, of Murphy, NC passed away Monday April 5, 2010 at her home.      A native of Russia; she was the daughter of the late Micheal and Pelageia Yeruzhnikov.  Albina was college graduate with a Degree in Engineer/Economics.  She moved  to New York where she  was a high school teacher; she  taught  Russian Language and Literature. Later she was a Loan Officer at the Teachers Federal Credit Union in New York. Albina enjoyed gardening and baking. Albina retired to Murphy in 1999.

     In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Olga Yeruzhnikova.         She is survived by her husband, Yuiry Handler of Murphy, NC; two daughters, Pallina Simons of Northport, NY and Elizabeth Handler of New York City, NY and four grandchildren, Natasha, Misha, Kevin and Tatiana.      Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, April 10, 2010 at the St. Andrew Russian Orthodox Church  in Dix Hills, NY. Interment will be in the Lake Ronkonkoma  Cemetery South in Lake Ronkonkoma, NY.      The family will recieve friends at 7:30 PM, Friday, April 9 at the St. Andrew Russian Orthodox Church.      You may send tributes to the Handler at www.mem. com or view other obits at www.townson-rose.com      Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

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Story hour at The Curiosity Shop Bookstore, 46 Valley River Avenue, Murphy, on Saturday mornings from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Bring your children or grandchildren and let them enjoy being read to. Call 835-7433 or 321-2242

Mountain High Hikers

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

Experimental Aircraft

The Experimental Aircraft Association local tri-state EAA Chapter #1211 meets the third Thursday, 7 p.m. of each month at Blairsville airport. If interested, contact Jim Olson @ 828-557-2446.

GWRRA Meetings

Chapter J of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) meets the fourth Saturday of each month at Danielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steakhouse, Hiawassee, Ga. We eat at 11 a.m. followed by the meeting at 12 p.m. during which rides and other activities are announced and discussed. We encourage current members of the GWRRA and anyone interested in becoming a member to join us. All motorcyclists are welcome and we look forward to seeing participants from other chapters. There are great rides coming up and we hope many of you will join us. For further information, contact Chapter Director, June Gottlieb, 706-896-7403 .

Family Resources

Family Resources in collaboration with Tri-County Community College will offer ESL (English as a second language) classes every Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Classes will be held in the basement of Family Resources and are free to anyone wishing to participate. For more information call 837-3460.

Abandoned Animals

Just 4 Hours. Just 4 hours a week can make a big difference in caring for abandoned and abused animals. Just 4 hours to walk dogs. Just 4 hours to groom dogs or cats. Just 4 house to clean the cattery. Just 4 hours to transport dogs and/or cats to the vet. If you have just 4

hours a week to volunteer your time and energy, please contact Castaway Critters at 706781-3992 or call Martha at 706-379-2729.

Amateur Radio

Attention HAMs and anyone interested in 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.

Ramp Dinner & Concert

Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ramp Dinner & Concert Saturday, April 24 Dinner seatings at 5pm and 6:15 Barn Carts perform at 7:30 Reservations required call 828-479-3364

Mountain Coin Club

The Mountain Coin Club for   beginner and advanced numismatists, young and old,  meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Blairsville Civic Center. Set-up begins at 5:30 p.m.  A brief business meeting precedes the educational program at 6:30 p.m. A coin auction follows.  Visitors from surrounding areas are welcome. For more information, call Ye Old Coin Shop, 706-379-1488.  

Free Tax Prep

Free Federal and State (GA and NC) personal income tax preparation is available in Murphy, until 4/14/10. This will be at the First United Methodist Church, on Valley River Ave, in downtown Murphy. The service will be available from 1-7 pm on Tuesdays, and 10 am - 4 pm on Wednesdays. For appointments, people should call 835-0220. It is confidential, and open to anyone with non-complex returns. A special emphasis is placed on those age 60 and older, with low and moderate incomes. The returns are prepared by advanced IRS-certified volunteers with years of experience. Even if people have low incomes and are not required to file an income tax, it is often in their best interest to do so. There may be credits they are entitled to that will give them a refund. If they are homeowners, they can often get relief on their property taxes by showing the tax assessor a copy of their income tax return.

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DAR meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of Jan.-May and Sept.Nov. at 2 p.m. at the Harshaw Chapel in Downtown Murphy. For more information contact Joan Wallace at 837-0876 or Margaret Warner at 837-8777 or 837-2644.

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 .

Amateur Radio

Attention HAMs and wannabe HAMs 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, call Don Deyton at 706-781-6665.

ers Association (GWRRA) meets the fourth Saturday of each month at Danielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steakhouse, Hiawassee, Ga. We eat at 11 a.m. followed by the meeting at 12 p.m. during which rides and other activities are announced and discussed. We encourage current members of the GWRRA and anyone interested in becoming a member to join us. All motorcyclists are welcome and we look forward to seeing participants from other chapters. There are great rides coming up and we hope many of you will join us. For further information, contact Chapter Director, June Gottlieb, 706-8967403.

Mountain Economic Partners

Far West Mountain Economic Partnersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Small Scale Agriculture Action Team meets at 6 p.m. the first Monday of every month at the Far West offices located at 452 Main Street in Andrews. All farmers in from Cherokee, Clay, Graham and Swain Counties and the Qualla Boundary are invited to attend. For details, contact Pat Love at 828-321-2929 or via email at fwpartners@ verizon.net.

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Brasstown Potluck 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. Flying Club. The Over mountain Flyers meets the second Saturday each month at the Andrews-Murphy Airport from 9 a.m. to noon. For information, call 837-3468.

Hiwasse Kennel Club

Hiwassee River Valley Kennel Club: Meetings are held at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month at Brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant on Hwy 64 in Murphy, NC. We invite all those interested in pure bred dogs and canine activities to attend. Call President Kit Miracle @ 706 492 5253 or Peggy Moorman @ 828 835 1082 for details.

Experimental Aircraft

The Experimental Aircraft Association - local tri-state EAA Chapter #1211 meets the third Thursday, 7 p.m. of each month at Blairsville airport. If interested, contact Jim Olson @ 828-557-2446.

Small Scale Agriculture

The Far West Small Scale Agricultural Action Team meets the second Monday of each month in the St. Andrews Lutheran Church community room, Andrews. For information, call Mary Janis, 828-389-1913 mjanis@meyecomputer.com

Cherokee Mountain Lions

Cherokee County Mountain Lions meet the first and third Tuesday of each month at Downtown Pizza, 6 p.m. New members are welcome.

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People of Faith Against the Death Penalty meets the 1st Monday each month at 7 p.m. at the Glen Mary House, next to St. William Catholic Church. For information, call 837-0867. The Cherokee County Commisioners meeting will be held on the first Monday of each month at 8:30 a.m. and on the third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Commissioners boardroom of the Cherokee County Courthouse, unless Monday falls on a holiday, or unless otherwise posted.

CHEROKEE COUNTY SCHOOLS VACANCY FOR PRINCIPAL

The Florida Boys will be in concert Saturday, April 17, 2010 at the Mountain Home Music in Hiawassee, Ga.

munity Foundation

Dr. Jan Davidson, board president has announced that the Cherokee County Community Foundation is currently accepting grant requests from non-profit organizations for projects that benefit our community. According to Davidson, a few modest grants are available this year. Applications are available at nccommunityfoundation.org (under â&#x20AC;&#x153;Affiliatesâ&#x20AC;?); John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown; or by calling the Cherokee County Community Foundation at 800-201-9532. Grant applications must be received by May 21, 2010. The Cherokee County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF). The community fund was established to help support local charitable needs through annual grants. In addition to Davidson, board members are Pat Ivie, Eva Wood, and Dr. Jeffrey Larson. For further information, contact any board member; the NCCF Western Regional Associate, Sue LeLievre at 800-201-9532 or visit the NCCF website at nccommunityfoundation. org.

Mountain Country Rod & Gun Club

Mountain Country Rod & Gun Club will hold their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, April 20th at 7 p.m. at the Penland Senior Center located at 69 Alpine Street in Murphy. This months featured speaker will be Doug Hall , a bamboo rod instructor at John C Campbell Folk School. Mr. Hall will show how you can build your very own bamboo fly rod. The meeting is open to the public and anyone interested in fishing is encouraged to attend. For directions or information on any of the cubs other interests please connect Glendon Gale at 828-835-9490.

Farmers Market

The Cedar Valley Farmers Market is back in full swing.  Help support your local economy by shopping local.  Join us every Saturday from 10am to 2pm downtown Murphy.  We invite everyone to come and browse.  Bring your instruments to pick a few tunes or get creative and set up a booth. We remind you to BUY LOCAL!! For vending information contact Jeremiah Smith at MurphyFarmersMarket@gmail.com See you Saturday! 

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Spring Concert

Mt. Comm. Chorus presents its annual spring concert Friday Apr. 30th, 8 PM and Sunday May 2nd 3 PM Hilda Glenn Auditorium, Young Harris College. For more information, visit www.mapaa.org. Aglow Lighthouse The Blairsville Aglow Lighthouse welcomes speaker Reeda Faye Kelley of Blairsville. Reeda Faye is an avid Bible student and teacher. She is married to Garry and they have six (6) children. Reeda Faye home schools their children. Make plans now to come out and hear the teaching that the Holy Spirit has given Reeda Faye for us on Saturday, April 17th at 9:30 am at the Blairsville Chrisitan Center. Invite a friend and share the bread of life and the anointing of the Holy Spirit during this beautiful season of Spring!!

NCWN Poetry

There will be no NCWN West Poetry Critique Group in July, as the college campus will be closed. The next meeting will be in August at the regular time.

Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Support

Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Support Group of Murphy meets the 1st Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Murphy Senior Center. Contact Laura Harris at 828-644-0680 for more information. Also meetings every second Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center in

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Pine Grove Baptist on 17-69 going towards Hayesville will be having a singing Sat April 17, 2010 Across Time Singing time 7:00 p.m. Pastor Dwayne Patterson invites everyone to attend.

Cherokee County 9-12 Project

The Cherokee County 9-12 Project will also be holding a General Meeting. Please join us on Saturday, May 1, at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Murphy, from 6:30pm 8:30pm. We will be honoring our military veterans who have selflessly served this great nation and kept it and us safe from harm. All are welcome to attend. For questions or additional information, please call the 9-12 Hotline at 828-837-0055.

Knitting

Knitting and Spinning Lessons: â&#x20AC;&#x153;From How to Knit to Knitting Designâ&#x20AC;?, Monday mornings 10 a.m. to noon and Monday evenings 7-9 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spinning Saturdaysâ&#x20AC;?, 9 a.m. to noon, once a month. Call Martha at Yarn Circle, 835-4592 for details.

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Quilting Classes In Nonnieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Attic is quilting 100 squares in 100 days to help Andrews celebrate its 100th birthday. Join us each day at 1:30 p.m. and learn new quilt square. Call 321-2800 for more information.

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Domestic Violence Support Group REACH of Cherokee County offers a free confidential support group to women whose lives are, or have been affected by domestic violence. The group meets every Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the REACH office in Murphy. Please call (828) 837-2097 for more information.

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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 p.m. and the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. 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

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Jimmy Goodman Jim Davis.

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Roger West Tim West

County Commissioner District 1

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Dana H. Jones Steve Gerstman

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Johnathan Dickey Barry Clark Curtis Curtis Brown

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W. David Sumpter III Lawrence E. McNabb

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BWT[cTa) â&#x20AC;˘ Continued from page 1A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the one who contacted me.â&#x20AC;? Cormack emphasized Polinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statement that municipalities refusing to make a â&#x20AC;&#x153;reasonable accommodationâ&#x20AC;? in zoning policies violates specific laws. Mauck said that the zoning board faced â&#x20AC;&#x153;apparent pressure from other

BRW^^[) â&#x20AC;˘ Continued from page 1A dignified achievement are the students who embraced it, as well as the hard work put in by Jamie Barnett, Jeana Hardin, Kim Loudermilk and all of the teachers district wide who were open to Success 101. This technology has truly given Cherokee County students an edge with internet learning and will allow greater flexibility as the education method expands. The acclaims didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop there. It was also announced that two Cherokee County students were selected to attend the Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School of North Carolina. If you are unfamiliar with the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school - it is a six-week summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students,

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B<2) â&#x20AC;˘ Continued from page 1A Walk-In Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and outpatient services, and mobile crisis teams, all which serve the seven westernmost counties. In addition to ACS/JCPS, Meridian Behavioral Health also submitted a proposal for these services. The selection process included a review of the written proposals, interviews with the two provider organizations that applied, and the collection of additional information as a follow-up to the proposals. Ingraham stated that â&#x20AC;&#x153;SMC was very fortunate to have two strong provider organizations apply for these vital servicesâ&#x20AC;?. Key priorities used in the review process included; a commitment to service delivery across the seven county region, greater access in the more rural counties, that the services be nested in a broader continuum of services offered by a provider organization, that the successful provider organization be able to demonstrate their ability to recruit and retain needed staff, have a strong financial background and the ability to initiate these services in a manner that was seamless to consum-

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Mark E. Class Jane Gray Ann Marie Calabria

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Steven Walker Rick Elmore Leto Copeley Alton D. (Al) Bain

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David F. Sutton J. Caleb Rogers Justin B. Greene Kristina L. Earwood Greg Boyer

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social service â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;competitorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in the community,â&#x20AC;? and could be facing a â&#x20AC;&#x153;zoning discriminationâ&#x20AC;? suit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Federal law and the North Carolina Constitution protect religiously motivated ministries of individuals and institutions that are restricted by zoning laws...â&#x20AC;? he wrote. The homeless shelter is also considered a dwelling under the law, Cormack said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think my opinion mat-

ters because at this point we have two letters from lawyers that cite a lot of things that I know nothing about,â&#x20AC;? town councilman Harry Baughn said. At Baughnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s encouragement, the council tabled the issue so that the town attorney, Merinda Woody, could inspect the legal case. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully, the will of the residents here will get to be heard and it will not be just a decision made by lawyers,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But at this point, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know.â&#x20AC;?

integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses. The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests, or grades. There are two Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school campuses, one in Raleigh at Meridith College, and the other at Salem College in Winston Salem. Dr. Lane was very proud to announce that Abby Larson of Murphy High School was selected to attend the Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school for math, and Jennifer Owenby of Andrews High School was chosen to attend for Social Science. Finally, for the icing on the cake Cherokee Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Vivian Johnson was recognized and presented with a plaque for being chosen as the NC Media Specialist of the Year. Which is an incredible honor considering the 115 districts across the state. A variety of other topics were discussed throughout the meeting, including the approval of two proposed

2010/2011 school calendars - one starting August 9th the other starting August 25th. The official calendar to be used is yet to be determined. Several school field trips were also approved and are underway: HDHS Latin Club going to Nashville, Ranger Middle School AIG students to Atlanta, Marble 5th grade to the High Museum in Atlanta, county-wide 4th, 5th, and 6th graders going to the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre at TCCC, and finally AMS and AHS music departments to Lenoir Rhyne University to the State Jazz Festival. It was also announced that thanks to the hard work of Cheree Wells, Cherokee County has solidified a $125,000 grant through the under the Safe and Drug Free Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coalition. Before the meeting was adjourned, the Solar Array dedication was slated for May 7th. The next Cherokee County board of education meeting will be held on May 13th.

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appraiser license had been revoked. Carringer was a former resident of Cherokee County, NC. Out of respect for the victim and the family of Carringer, no further information will be released concerning the rape, and the case is now said to be closed.

ers and the community. Ingraham noted that the partnership between ACS/JCPS best demonstrated the ability to meet these key priorities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Between both agencies the total seven county region is covered with existing office space, provider visibility and staff. Both organizations have strong stakeholder ties, have demonstrated responsiveness to the needs of the counties they serve, and have a proven track record in working collaboratively with community agencies and organizations. This partnership, with the addition of Smoky Operated services, creates a new synergistic continuum of care in adult, children and crisis servicesâ&#x20AC;?. Duncan Sumpter, CEO of Appalachian Community Services related, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are really excited about the number of opportunities this provides for our communities across the seven county region. We are delighted to work with agencies as well respected as Smoky Operated Services and Jackson Psychological in this initiative. Ingraham was quick to add that SMC continued to consider Meridian Behavioral Health one of the most valuable provider organizations in the region. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Meridian Behavioral Health is an innovative organization that has led the way in the development of

Recovery Education Centers to serve those with mental health and addiction issues, in addition to other vital community services they offer. We will continue to support Meridian in their ongoing growth and developmentâ&#x20AC;?. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are excited to be recognized for our strengths and our commitment to the children and families of western North Carolina. We look forward to collaborating with ACS, SMC, and our community partners in making this a successâ&#x20AC;?, shared Greta Metcalf, co-director of Jackson Psychological Counseling Services. Ingraham stated that the transition of services to ACS/JCPS would be happening over the next several months, with a target of having the transition competed by July 1st. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A successful transition is of utmost importance and must be done in a manner that is least disruptive to consumers and the community. ACS/JCPS are enthusiastic and open to creative change, consultation and technical assistance. They have demonstrated a realistic and pragmatic understating of transition challenges, and are committed to working in partnership with SMC to ensure success.â&#x20AC;?

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mountains and throughout the rest of our country. At this time, if you want to build and you want your building certified green, you must choose between several green building programs like Tennessee Valley Authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Energyright Program, Western North Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s HealthyBuilt Home Program, Southface Instituteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Earthcraft House Program, or LEED. Each program has its advantages and disadvantages. Usually you must find a builder that is approved to build under this program. You also need someone to inspect and certify that your building meets the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s requirements during various stages of construction. If the new green building code is adopted where you live, it would be enforced by your building inspectors.This would make green building certification much more accessible to all. But this would come at a cost. The inspectors would need extensive training. The local building departments would need access to expensive testing equipment to test the home and the ductwork for

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