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This week in Baseball

Peacock Playhouse gears up for latest mystery: Agatha Christie’s

See our gallery of Cherokee County Baseball Games on page 8A

The Mousetrap

Full spread of Pictures from the recent United Community Bank Easter Egg Hunt

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Congressman Shuler also at odds with district Democrat leaders

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One teen remains in critical condition after severe smashup on US 19

Heath Shuler serving his second BT]cX]T[FaXcTa term as U.S. Congressman for North Carolina’s 11th District, has a reputation of being squeaky clean. Friendly, affable, he has toured the district talking to schools urging students to not drink alcohol nor do drugs. A high school, college and professional football player with the reputation of having been at the top of his sport, he is viewed as an example of what young people can accomplish if they set high goals for themselves and don’t engage in disreputable behavior. Recently, Shuler has been identified as among a group of lawmakers who Congressman Shuler are said to have received significantly discounted rents at his Washington address at 133 C Street Center, which is locatedCitizens for  a short distance from the U.S. Capitol. A group of Ohio ministers have filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service which cites reports that Shuler and other influential U.S. Congressmen and Senators are living in plush accommodations when in Washington, the Center of which is being subsidized by a right-wing group (an exclusive club for powerful officials) that is masquerading as a church. According to one report, these members of congress only pay $950 a month for rent and house-

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Commissioner David Sumpter speaks with a group of Hiwassee Dam High School Students after the regular meeting held last Monday.

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government operates. No doubt, the commissioners were reminded of the importance of their job as they sat face to face with the future of our community. The board avidly stressed the importance of community involvement to the students in attendance. “When I was in High School, I didn’t have any idea how our local government operated, and it wasn’t until I was 42 years old that I attended my first commissioners meeting,� said board chairman Johnathan Dickey. Together, the board explained why everyone should know how

our government operates, emphasizing that one day they might find themselves in need of assistance from our officials, or even in an elected position. Commissioner Dana Jones related the experience that peaked his interest in local government. “I had never been to a commissioners meeting until I needed five hundred dollars for high school band uniforms. After I approached the board, my request was denied.� Jones went on to explain how county commissioners are K]]K;@GGDHY_]09

RELIGION

Uncommon religion rooted in tradition

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Progress being made on e-911 legislative goal

Local Orthodox Church members no longer have to travel far to attend service

,c$ 2K\\S]YX 5OOVc BT]cX]T[FaXcTa There are screens, projectors and cameras. Stages, lights and sound systems. Churches that seem to double as concert halls. It’s an increasingly common sight. In an age of technological enhancement, St Nicholas Orthodox Church may seem a bit untraditional, but only because it’s so deeply rooted in... tradition. Incense. Saints. More candles than seats. And chanting... verses and prayers. “It’s connected to the historical stream of Christianity, theology, belief and practice that has changed very little,� Fr. James Blomeley explained. “It’s entirely consistent now with what it was 1,000 or even 2,000 years ago.� Before St Nicholas opened in Peachtree last August, the few Orthodox believers in the mountains would have to travel to Marietta or Chattanooga to attend services, Blairsville resident Van Crikis said. Blomeley, the church’s priest, served as a deacon in an Atlanta parish for several years before being ordained last May. During the week he practices law in Murphy.

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“I didn’t really know if there were orthodox up here,� he said. “The first Sunday I didn’t know if anyone would show up.� He said he was surprised to see 20 locals attend the opening service. “They all thought they were the only orthodox in the area,� Blomeley explained. “They had no idea there was anybody else.�

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For Holy Week the church held eight different services, actually fewer than the traditional full range, Blomeley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a lot of work, but for us Holy Week and Easter is just complete emersion,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we actually get to Easter it really is the greatest of all feasts.â&#x20AC;? Concluding a selective fast, the congregation gathK]]GJL@G<GPHY_]09

Expanding the allowable uses for revenues generated by the Enhanced 911 user fee on phone lines is the countiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; top Justice and Public Safety legislative goal, and has been a goal for nearly two decades. This winter, a legislative study committee has been examining this issue and is poised to endorse more local government representation on the 911 Board and give counties more flexibility in how these funds can be spent. The House Select Committee on the Use of 911 Funds has met several times to discuss this issue and is scheduled to meet for the final time on April 20, when it is expected to formally adopt a proposal. The proposal will be considered by the General Assembly during the short session. Now, the NCACC needs your help as we make a final push before the start of the Legislative session. Please contact your legislators over the next several weeks and ask them to support: K]]=%1))HY_]09

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On Monday April 5th, an HT Hackney Delivery truck traveling west on US 19 in the Andrews Area. Stopped at a red light across from the Huddle House in Andrews were a Jeep Cherokee, and a Dodge Minivan. The driver of the delivery truck slammed into rear end of the Dodge Minivan forcing it into the rear of the Jeep Cherokee. A total of eight people were involved in the accident. The delivery truck was driven by Thomas Carl Byers of Brasstown. The Jeep was driven by William Chase Hooper of Robbinsville, riding with him was a female passenger. The minivan was driven by Gene Brannon Martin Jr. of Tryon, GA. Traveling with him was his entire family, including his wife Rebecca Martin and his three sons Brannon Martin, 16; Brad Martin, 14; and Braden Martin, 2. Unfortunately, two year old Braden and fourteen year old Brad were killed in the accident. Gene Martin and his wife Rebecca were treated and released from Murphy Medical Center. Brannon Martin was airlifted to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga Tennessee and is still listed in critical condition. William Chase Hooper and his female passenger were treated and released from Mission Hospital. A full report is filed with the District Attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, and charges against the truck driver, Thomas Byers are pending.There was no indication of drugs or alcohol being involved, however that is pending further investigation. District Supervisor for NC Highway Patrol, Sargeant Derek Tilley was on the scene, along with No further information has been released regarding the condition of the victims.

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>QP\P0]]^d]RTb_[P]c^aTSdRT V[^QP[]dR[TPacWaTPc President Obama announced a plan Tuesday that he described as a step toward fulfilling his pledge last year of moving toward a â&#x20AC;&#x153;world without nuclear weapons.â&#x20AC;? The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nuclear Posture Reviewâ&#x20AC;? would forbid the U.S. military from using nuclear weapons against any country that lacks its own nuclear arsenal. The U.S. would not even use the weapons in self-defense against countries that follow the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Obama said he would make exceptions for countries that do not follow the treaty, such as Iran and North Korea. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those nations that fail to meet their obligationsâ&#x20AC;? under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty â&#x20AC;&#x153;will therefore find themselves more isolated, and will recognize that the pursuit of nuclear weapons will not make them more secure,â&#x20AC;? Obama said in a statement. Obama has called Iran and North Korea â&#x20AC;&#x153;outliers.â&#x20AC;? The plan also leaves open the possibility of nuclear strikes in retaliation for use of biological or chemical weapons.

D]XRhR[XbcbPbbTaccWTXa]P\TPb RhR[XbcbQhRa^bbX]V=H2QaXSVTb A group of unicyclists in New York are raising bicycle awareness and promoting tolerance by attempting to cross the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2,078 bridges. So far, the group has crossed approximately 50 bridges. A spokesperson for the group said the journey began in October 2009 with the Williamsburg Bridge, and recently the group made its way across the Cropsey and Stillwell avenue bridges, reports stated. The group has been documenting their tour via blog titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unicycle NYC Bridge Tour.â&#x20AC;? According to group members, many people despise bicyclists and bicycle politics, but everyone loves a unicycle. The group made its way to Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg where the Hasidic community has lobbied to remove bike lanes, but the community cheered on the unicyclists, members stated. Physically, going up a bridge is harder, but mentally going down takes a lot of concentration because of the momentum, according to the cyclists. The group said it does not know how long it will take to complete their bike mission.

0]]dP[QTTab^[S^dc PWTPS^UcX\T Tickets to the much-anticipated sale of an annual beer have already been sold out. Dark Lord, a thick stout brewed by Indianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Three Floyds Brewing Co., is schedule to be sold on April 24 (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dark Lord Dayâ&#x20AC;?), according to brewery officials. Only purchasers holding a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Golden Ticketâ&#x20AC;? will be allowed to buy a 22-ounce bottle of the rarely brewed beer for $15 that day only. According to reports, tickets sold out online within 30 minutes of being released. The event entices beer drinkers nationwide, including some unfortunate beer fans that do not have a ticket, brewery officials said. Those without tickets usually bring their own beer to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dark Lord Day.â&#x20AC;? The company has taken safety measures to keep the festivities under control, including a dozen officers with Tasers â&#x20AC;&#x153;warmed and waiting,â&#x20AC;? officials said.

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Researchers analyzing the results of numerous studies suggest mental health providers should prescribe exercise to many people suffering from depression and anxiety disorders. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exercise has been shown to have tremendous benefits for mental health,â&#x20AC;? said Jasper Smits, director of the Anxiety Research and Treatment Program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The more therapists who are trained in exercise therapy, the better off patients will be.â&#x20AC;? Smits and Michael Otto, a psychology professor at Boston University, reviewed data from dozens of population-based studies, clinical studies and reviews related to exercise and mental health, including their own meta-analysis of exercise interventions for mental health and studies on reducing anxiety sensitivity with exercise. Traditional treatments of cognitive behavioral therapy and pharmacotherapy donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work on every patient, they found. However, the researchersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; review showed the track record exercise programs have in reducing depression and anxiety. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exercise can fill the gap for people who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t receive traditional therapies because of cost or lack of access, or who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to because of the perceived social stigma associated with these treatments,â&#x20AC;? Smits said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exercise also can supplement traditional treatments, helping patients become more focused and engaged.

Clay County Communities Revitalization Association members Rob Tiger and John Bayne approached commissioners Thursday at the request of commissioner Harry Jarrett. Numerous comments and surveys suggested choosing a nonprofit organization to lease the old courthouse to, Jarrett said. Tiger said that forming a limited liability company would ensure a board was appointed to handle business and other operations. "That board would include members from other civic organizations in the county and also include a representative from the county," Tiger said. "It would be at the discretion of the commissioners who that person was." Tiger proposed that a commissioner serve on the board if the position wouldn't create a conflict of interest. "It would be a more transparent op-

bills, critical maintenance issues," Tiger said. "I think the county would have to help on that." Bayne said the CCCRA was too active to take more on at the moment. "We're stretched kind of thin on a daily basis right now, so that's why we want to have this new group set up to specifically work for the courthouse," he said. "It's beyond important; it's absolute necessity in my personal opinion." Decisions on specific uses are in progress, Jarrett said. "I think one of the things we've all wanted is for [the old courthouse] to continue being a living building with a lot of activities going on," he said. The next course of action is to determine who in the county would be interested in writing business plans, securing grants, and forming a new advisory board, Bayne said.

I-40 Rockslide update

At midmorning six men carrying cans of spray paint and metal spikes jumped off the side mountain. Using thick ropes, they slowly rappelled down the 400-foot rock face. Guided by surveyors on radios, each moved toward a series of predetermined spots, marking them with a splash of paint and a metal anchor.  By late afternoon, they had marked all 102 spots on the vertical edge of the mountain, in preparation for the final stage of drilling holes for rock bolts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now that the spots are all marked, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll start maneuvering the drill rigs over the edge,â&#x20AC;? said North Carolina Department of Transportation project inspector Mike Patton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We should be drilling by tomorrow.â&#x20AC;?  Crews will continue to work around the clock through the holiday weekend. In addition to drilling, they will

assemble new rock bolts, grout bolts already placed in the side of the mountain and test the â&#x20AC;&#x153;tensionedâ&#x20AC;? bolts that have been installed.  Crews expect to make progress as they take advantage of a long streak of fine weather. The National Weather Service forecast for the area calls for sunny skies at least through April 7.  So far, 485 of the 590 holes needed to stabilize the mountain have been drilled. Rock bolts have been placed in 310 of those holes.  In other news, crews began removing loose boulders, rocks and debris (a process called â&#x20AC;&#x153;scalingâ&#x20AC;?) from Site #4, which is adjacent to the rockslide. It is one of five additional sites that have been identified by NCDOT for remediation.     A video detailing ground work at the rockslide site has been posted

"This particular plan would be somewhat unique, at least in Western North Carolina," he said. "Whereas other counties in the past have turned their older courthouses into museums, museums don't generate income at all." Commissioner Herbert Cheeks emphasized the necessity of transforming the courthouse back into the county's "focal point." "We don't get anywhere if we don't have community involvement," he said. Commissioner Stephen Sellers, however, expressed concern over the plan. "I'm all for it; I think it's a great idea," he said. "[But I'm] wondering what taxpayers would have to payâ&#x20AC;Ś I'm not saying we can't do itâ&#x20AC;Ś but it throws a flag up for me."

Crews mark spots in mid-air

on NCDOTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/NCDOTcommunications. Click on, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ground Work at Site of I-40 Rockslide.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.

Perdue calls for stronger ethical requirements

Governer takes action to increase Ethical Requirements for State Employees, Elected Officials, Boards and Commissions Gov. Bev Perdue today unveiled a series of efforts to strengthen ethical guidelines in state government. The good government package includes executive action as well as a legislative package that calls for reforms in the following areas: â&#x20AC;˘ prohibitions on contractors giving to officeholders overseeing contracts; â&#x20AC;˘ stricter requirements for appointees serving on boards and commissions; â&#x20AC;˘ increasing ethical standards for state employees; and â&#x20AC;˘ establishing a cooling off period for state employees working in private business or registering as lobbyists. Governor Perdueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Good Government Legislative Package includes the following: 1. Limiting Contractorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Influence on State Employees â&#x20AC;˘ Prohibits contractors who do a certain level of business with the state

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eration if we had somebody from the county on the board," he said. Bayne said that having a member from the county on the board would create a more efficient communication process. The lower floor would serve as retail while the upstairs could be used as community space for the general public or performances, Tiger said. Bayne added that events such as weddings or class reunions could use the space. Asserting that nothing has yet been settled, Bayne said the county would be expected to help with maintenance and upkeep. Revenue from retail stores would ideally fund day to day operations one day, Tiger said, noting that the county would need to pitch in, at least initially. "I don't know whether if in the first year or two years or three years you can expect [retail] to be paying all the utility

from contributing to the officeholder who oversees awarding of the contract. â&#x20AC;˘ Establishes a one year cooling off period for high level state employees from taking certain types of jobs with a company or organization if they have been involved in directly regulating that company or directly administering any contracts with that company. â&#x20AC;˘ Establishes a one year cooling off period for high level state employees from registering as a lobbyist. 2. Setting Strong New Requirements for Appointees on Boards and Commissions â&#x20AC;˘ Makes prior Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Executive Orders law and extends to all appointees â&#x20AC;&#x201C; o removes appointees who are under felony indictment or who refuse to cooperate with an investigation; o requires 75% attendance for appointees to Boards and Commissions;

o requires gift ban and general conflict of interest standards for appointees; and o creates a conflict of interest standard for certain Boards and Commissions not covered by the State Ethics Act. â&#x20AC;˘ Secures a governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s power to remove any gubernatorial appointment to a board or commission at will, without cause. â&#x20AC;˘ Creates a new process requiring full disclosure of an applicantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s background, including felony and/or misdemeanor criminal charges or convictions.* 3. Strengthening State Employee Ethics â&#x20AC;˘ Extends the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gift ban (previously directed to cabinet agency employees by executive order) to all state employees. â&#x20AC;˘ Forfeits a state employeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pension

if he or she is convicted of a felony related to his or her state position. â&#x20AC;˘ Allows Statements of Economic Interest (SEI) to be completed and amended electronically. â&#x20AC;˘ Requires state officials to complete and file an SEI covering their last year in a position. â&#x20AC;˘ Changes SEI law and forms to require the reporting of any gift over $200 from anyone, and any gift over $100 from anyone doing business with the state (returning forms to pre-2007 questions). Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s announced legislative proposals and executive order continue a 15-month push for stronger ethics, transparency and accountability in state government, and once again illustrates Gov. Perdueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to setting government straight.

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2^[d\]Xbc Rumors and misinformation make the rounds regularly but what intrigues me the most are the people that repeat them, apparently without question. It is almost like listening to Fox news without ever turning on the television. For the millions of people who hear these rumors and have not been exposed to other sources of information, I suppose they believe whatever slant has been put on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;news.â&#x20AC;? Sometimes they become anxious and share the news through letters to the editor and mass emails. The other day, a friend of mine forwarded just such an email. Everything in the email sounded plausible â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and what we would expect from politicians â&#x20AC;&#x201C; so he did not question a single talking point. However, whenever anything sounds too good to be true, you can bet it there is a smell lurking underneath the surface.Therefore, I went to snopes. com, the website where you can verify the veracity of mass emails and, sure enough, 99% of the email assertions were false. The email started out innocently enough. It addressed a proposed 28th amendment to the Constitution that would mandate all laws passed by Congress must apply to Congress as well as the general population. Sounds good, right? We all suspect, and have heard, that the laws of the land do not apply to Congress. We are led to believe that Congressmen are free to do what they want with whomever they want without legal recourse. In reality, the email was using a proposed 28th amendment â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which has not been proposed by anyone but a backroom political geek who wanted to use something official sounding to spread antipathy toward the government â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to spread malicious rumors.The first false rumor asserted that members of Congress are eligible to draw full retirement pay after serving one term in office. See, this is the first thing in the email that sounds too good to be true â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but believable. We would suspect the crooks in DC to apply just such a ruling to themselves. To anyone who bothers to check this out, they find it to be erroneous. The second rumor, asserted as fact, said that Congress does not contribute to Social Security. Whoever cooked up this â&#x20AC;&#x153;factâ&#x20AC;? has to be at least as old as I am and remembers the time when this assertion was true. However, since 1984 Congress has been contributing to Social Security just like the rest of us. The third assertion is a real juicy one because it deals with sex. Sex is such a sensitive, and taboo, subject that we believe just about anything said about

it. After all, about the only exposure we get comes from XXX rated videos (surely the positions they get into are not comfortable or pleasurable!) and our personal experiences. Therefore, when the rumor comes along that Congress is exempt from prosecution for sexual harassment, we believe it. However, it is false and you might have suspected. Then we come to the assertion that appears to be the real reason for generating the mass email in the first place. Okay, I am sure you guessed it pertains to the current health care bill. The rumor says that Congress exempted itself from recently passed health care reforms. Moreover, since the bill was passed without a single Republican vote, it becomes obvious that the entire email, though sounding bipartisan, is aimed at the Democrats. Given this focus, I will amend my above statement about backroom political geeks by adding the term Republican â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as in Republican backroom political geek. I am sure there are Democratic backroom political geeks but I, for whatever reason, rarely see their mass emails. Nevertheless, back to the rumor. In fact, it is mandated in the bill that members of Congress and their staff only have access to health insurance plans created by the bill or through the health care exchanges to be established under the reform legislation. In letters to the editor, I have seen several common themes emerge recently that indicate common talking points being spread around. The first, and the only one I will address in this column, is that the Obama administration has added more national debt in one year than all previous administrations â&#x20AC;&#x201C; combined! That sounds a lot like a Karl Rove line and Karl Rove has never been known to speak with a non-forked tongue. Whoever believes this line â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and I suspect there are plenty â&#x20AC;&#x201C; has had their head in the sand for the last decade. Cowboy George added over five trillion dollars to the national debt in his over-extended time in office. He is the one that added more national debt than any administration in history. Obama, by contrast, has added just over a trillion dollars â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in preventing a worse economic catastrophe. If something is repeated often enough, it assumes the mantle of truth. It is this principle that underlies the campaign to spread false and misleading rumors. Before you forward an email or write to the editor, make sure that your information is grounded and verified in fact. It seems to me the Bible says something about spreading false rumors so if you are a believer, pay closer attention to the information you disseminate. You have the power to contribute to a better world.

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2^[d\]Xbc My sister recently asked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Will someone please explain to me how we are supposed to save money when Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security are going broke, and we are going to cover 32 million more people? Why donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t I understand this?â&#x20AC;? She is certainly not alone in finding it difficult to understand how health care reform can reduce the deficit. In fact, a recent Rasmussen poll reveals that a whopping 81% of Americans believe the reform will cost more than the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) projections. Since every other large entitlement program has mushroomed in size and cost, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no wonder Americans are skeptical. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to see how reform is going to cost us â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the government will subsidize the premiums of many of those buying insurance and will add more people to the Medicaid rolls. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not so easy to understand the saving part. Frankly, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think the Democrats have done a very good job of explaining it in terms that ordinary folks like me can understand. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing my own research online and found a recent Newsweek article that attempted to explain it in five easy steps. First, the formation of health insurance exchanges should create more competition among insurance companies. Now any good capitalist knows that competition results in better quality and lower prices. I get that. But I really didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how the exchanges would work, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been looking that up as well. My understanding is that the exchanges will be created by individual states, and states can decide to join together to create regional exchanges if they choose. The exchanges will simply be marketplaces managed and regulated by the government. They will consist of private insurance companies that desire to be a part of the exchange. It stands to reason that companies would want to participate because that is where most customers would go to buy insurance. Each exchange will have a web site where various policies and prices can be compared. Theoretically, the companies will seek to offer better coverage at lower prices to get your business. Companies within the exchange will have to meet certain standards of coverage. Obama admits that not everyone will have lower-cost premiums as a result of the exchanges. Some people now have low-cost plans that have high deductibles and notso- great coverage, because that is all they can afford or want to pay for.They will be required to buy better insurance under the new legislation and can expect to pay more as a result. If they earn less than 400% of the poverty level, that higher cost will be offset by government subsidies to help pay for their premiums. People who make more than that will pay more for their insurance; the CBO projects premiums will increase 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 13%. There is considerable question as to whether the exchanges will actually work as they are intended. Massachusetts already has an exchange like the ones that will be created nationwide beginning in 2014. The state also has some of the highest insurance costs in the country. A second means of saving money will be the Independent Medicare Advisory Board (IMAC). One reason Medicare continues to cost so much is that Congress does not have the political will to cut benefits. The advisory board will do it for them. It will be made of 15 members appointed by the President and approved by the Senate. IMAC will write proposals for limiting Medicareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s costs. These measures will go into effect automatically unless Congress votes to reject them, and if they do, they must find another

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portant step. It is such a small part of construction costs, but so critical to keeping your home comfortable. Spend a little extra and get spray foam. It seals up all the cracks and holes left by all the construction trades, keeping out cold drafts and helping prevent mold. Running the ductwork inside the insulation can reduce heating and cooling costs by 10% or more. The ductwork insulation is only about R-3. Does it make sense to put this in your hot attic, or your cold crawlspace? While youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at it make sure the ductwork is airtight. Standard tape is not good enough. And with age it gets worse. There are new duct systems that are greatly improved. If your house has the old fashioned duct board, it can be improved with mastic, a material that goes on your ductwork like paint. How important is this? In one home I inspected, the leaky ductwork in the crawlspace filled up with gallons of water from condensation. Straight duct runs can also improve the efficiency. Every bend in the duc-

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As he responded, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yeah I know,â&#x20AC;? a woman standing near us shouted within credible venom, â&#x20AC;&#x153;No it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, I saw Palin say it!â&#x20AC;? We were both taken back by the hatred in her voice. I explained to her that there was Rasmussen Poll taken after the election last fall of people who voted for Obama that showed that 99% of them thought that Palin had actually said this. She responded with hatred, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re lying.â&#x20AC;? We realized to pursue the conversation was pointless. I spent a good portion of my working years analyzing the economic effects of government programs on a number of foreign countries. The evidence is overwhelming that the more the government interferes in a countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy, the poorer the people are. More recently, I was discussing the Great Depression with some Liberals. One said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;President Hoover caused it because he did nothing to stimulate the economy as President Obama has.â&#x20AC;? I replied, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes I agree with you that Hoover made things worse. But are you aware that he increased government stimulus spending by 42% in his first two years in office, similar to what President Obama has done in his first year? And Hoover had the same results as Obama and the Liberal Democrats. Unemployment did not go down.â&#x20AC;? She didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe me, so I suggested that she could easily go online and find out if what I had just said was true or not. Her reply to me with unbridled hatred was to change the subject,â&#x20AC;? Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talk down to me.â&#x20AC;? I replied that I did not think I was talking down to her, but if she was intellectually honest, she would check to see if what I had just said was true or not. Her reply was to continue to hurl personal insults at me. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still looking for a liberal willing sit down and look at the facts as are many in the Tea Party movement. Demonizing them is only an attempt to keep their concerns from being voiced and analyzed.

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twork slows down the air and makes the blower work harder. Design for straight ductwork. Placing the outdoor unit correctly can also make a big difference. Make sure there is plenty of space around for air circulation. Putting it on the south side of the house where the winter sun will warm it up will help your unit work more efficiently. Correctly sizing the unit is important. It is a bad idea to oversize your system. It will not function well. It will not run long enough to take the humidity out of the air, and the damp ductwork will eventually smell like dirty socks. Yuck! A smaller unit will function better and use less electricity. Your contractor should use a computer program to input all the details about your home and calculate the right size unit. Tennessee Valley Authority has a great program to help your home take advantage of these principles. Study about this at Then call your electric company and tell them you want this program for your home. Richard C. MacCrea is the director of The Greening of Andrews Valley, a program of Andrews Valley Initiative. He works in the field of energy efficient, green building. -rmaccrea1@gmail.com (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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Hospital removes visitor restrictions

Murphy Medical Center has lifted visitation restrictions that have been in effect since October 15 for children 18 years old and under.  The restrictions were in place to minimize the risk to both children and patients of contracting either swine or seasonal flu.   It is always

recommended that people with flulike symptoms or who otherwise feel ill refrain from visiting patients. All visitors are encouraged to use the hand sanitizer dispensers provided throughout the facility before and after visiting someone at the hospital.

The new Murphy, N.C., Tractor Supply Company store will hold its grand opening on Saturday, April 10, with specially priced merchandise April 8-11, according to Store Manager Shane Bradford.             The Murphy location is Tractor Supply Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 40th store in North Carolina.  It employs 14 team members.  The facility has 19,097 square feet, including sales floor and support service space.             Tractor Supply Company is the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States and has been operating in North Carolina since 1994. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The wide array of agricultural products we carry at Tractor Supply Company are a perfect fit for the local communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;out hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lifestyle,â&#x20AC;? said Bradford. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Customers have already visited from all over to purchase everything from animal feed to log splitters.â&#x20AC;? From April 8-11 customers will receive 10 percent off their first purchase, up to $100, and can enter to win prizes, including a yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supply of dog food or a 42-inch riding lawn mower. For the grand opening Saturday, the local antique tractor club will bring 12 tractors to display and the Valley River Humane Society will bring dogs available for adoption. A local 4-H and various vendors will also be on hand.

Regular operating hours for the store, located at 3340 W. U.S. Highway 64, are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tractor Supply Company, listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange as TSCO, operates more than 900 stores in 44 states. Tractor Supply Company stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers.  The company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Tractor Supply Company stores are located in the outlying towns in major metropolitan markets and in rural communities.  The company offers a comprehensive selection of merchandise for the health, care, growth and containment of horses, livestock and pets including select Purina and Nutrena brand feeds; a broad selection of agricultural products; and tools and hardware selected for our customersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; needs.  In addition, the company sells light truck equipment, work clothing for the entire family, and an extensive line of seasonal products including lawn and garden power equipment products.  For more information on Tractor Supply, access the website at www.TractorSupply.com.

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Bob Harris is missing that certain spark in life that money canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t buy. Not even two million dollars can buy.  Not even the bright lights of a foreign city can buy.  Then, one night, he shares a smile with a young woman.   Bill Murray stars with Scarlett Johansen in Sofia Coppolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s awardwinning film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lost in Translation.â&#x20AC;?  The Murphy Library is showing this film Thursday, April 8 at 6 p.m.  It is rated R and runs 102 minutes.  Harris (Murray) is a middle-aged American movie star visiting Tokyo to make whiskey commercials for a Japanese company for that cool $2 mil.  Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not upset to leave home.  His marriage is in the doldrums too.   Then he strikes up a friendship with the young American woman (Johanssen) whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traveling with her photographer husband on a photo shoot.  Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just starting her life and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s looking for a spark too.  The seventy-one awards for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lost in Translationâ&#x20AC;? include the Oscar for Coppola for Best Writing, Original Screenplay.  The National Board of Review gave her a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Special Achievement Award for writing, directing, and producingâ&#x20AC;?.  And she won the FIPRESCI Prize â&#x20AC;&#x153;for the sensitivity with which she modulates the atmosphere of the film from comedy to melancholy.â&#x20AC;?  FIPRESCI is a group of foreign journalists who look for promising young directors.   Murrary, Johanssen, the film editor, music composer, and cinematographer all won awards. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that kind of movie.  Call the library at 8372417, or go to www.friendsofmurphylibrary.wordpress.com to see the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trailer.

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Tri- County Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Democratic club installed new officers for a 2 year term, on March 16. The ceremony was held at the Calhoun House in Bryson City. The event was hosted by Luke Hyde; 11 congressional district chair. Officers in stalled are left to right: Nancy Helms-Treasurer,Nancy Woodard-Secretary,Linda Griffin-Third Vice President, Samantha Anderson-Second Vice President, Pat Hardin- First Vice-President, Arleen Higgins-President.

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8th grade 1st Place  DJ Mock and Jesse Bates Absorbency and Flood Control. 8th Grade 2nd Place Teonna Morin and Morgan Ledford  What Type of Popcorn Pops the Most?   8th grade 3rd place Ashley Self and Shelby Wilson Chewing Gum and its Effects on Memory 6th grade 2nd place  Bryson Cheek Electric Current in Fruits and Vegetables 6th grade 3rd place   Holy Radford Moldy Bread:  How it Happens 6th grade 1st place  Luke Laney Cody Truett Time for Gerbil Finding Food in Maze 7th grade 3rd place  April Wilson Does Coffee Effect the Growth of Plants 7th grade 1st place  Maddy Mock How Acidity Affects the Germination of Radish Seeds 7th grade 2nd place Timothy Thrasher Scented Candle vs. Unscented Candle

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Mizie Allen, 84, of Chatsworth, GA, formerly of Cherokee County, died Saturday, April 3, 2010. She was a native of Polk County, TN, but had lived most of her life in Cherokee County before moving to Georgia in 1962. She had worked as a sales clerk for Dixie Dime Store for several years. She was a member of the Holly Creek Baptist Church where she had served as a Sunday School teacher and many other positions. She was the daughter of the late John J. and Eva Stansbury Crain and the wife of the late Carl Haden Allen, who died Aug. 18, 1974.  Surviving are two daughters, Deanna Hindman and

husband, Gerald and Joanne Rogers and husband, Jerry all of Dalton, GA; a son, Daniel Allen and wife, Paulette of Chatsworth, GA; a sister, Opal Thompson of New Ellenton, SC;  and seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.  Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, April 6 in the Chapel of the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy with the Revs. Danny Cochran and Scott Parrish officiated. Interment will be in the Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Donny Green, David Allen, Brian Rogers, and Chip Eberhardt.  The family received friends from 6-8 Monday evening at the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy.  Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.  An online guest register is available at www.iviefuneralhome.com

Alan L. Hall, 61, of Stone Mountain, GA died Tuesday, March 30, 2010. He was a native and lifetime resident of Atlanta. Alan had a master’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in finance from Georgia State University. He had served in the Army National Guard. He had worked as a CPA for UPS for many years and later in life, he worked as a truck driver in the auto transport industry. Alan was a member of the Indian Creek Baptist Church in Stone Mountain. He was the son of Mattie Patton Hall of Hayesville and the late Reid Hall. He was also preceded in death by an infant brother, Gregory Michael Hall.   Surviving, in addition to his mother, are two sisters, Suzanne H. Moore of Atlanta and Elizabeth A. Hall of Hayesville; three brothers, Charles J. Hall and wife, Jackie

of Woodstock, GA, Anthony R. Hall and wife, Deborah of Powder Springs, GA, and Timothy L. Hall and wife, Caroline of Avondale Estates, GA; a half-brother, Ernest R. Hall Jr. of Lake Weiss, AL; and two nieces and three nephews. Graveside services were held at 2:00 PM Friday, April 2, 2010 in the Union Hill Cemetery with Rev. Le Gibson officiating.  Pallbearers were Larry Mote, Robert Hand, Clinton Tucker, Joe Fleming, B.R. Paramore, Bill McNaughton, Steve White, Marty Hood, John Patton, and Eddie Lowery.  The family received friends from 12:30-1:30 Friday afternoon at the Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville prior to the services.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Alan L. Hall to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.  Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville in charge of all arrangements.   An online guest register is available at “obituaries” at www.iviefuneralhome.com

Earl Talbot Sears, age 81 of Murphy, NC., passed away Thursday, April1, 2010 at his residence. He was born September 5, 1928 in Denver, Co. He was preceded in death by his wife Lydia Jerry Sears, his parents Eugene Sipas Schwarz, and Gizella Gabriella Schwarz. He is survived by his son Sean and Sandy Sears of Murphy, NC Daughter Donna Marie Sears of Key West, Florida, one brother Eugene Sears of Cleveland , Ohio. Two sisters Sylvia Udud of Sarasota, Florida and Kathyrn Yowarski

of Biloxi, Miss. Four grandchildren, Sean Patrick Sears II, Chivas Roi Bowles, Shannon Nicole Sears-Ready and Stephen Earl Sears. Two great- grandchildren, Logan Adam Sears, and Ryan Patrick Sears. No service is planned. Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home of Murphy, NC. Friends and family may send condolences and sign Guest register at www.cochran funeralhome.com.

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Cherokee County Arrest Report Arrests Made between March 28th and April 3rd.

03/28/2010 Carroll, Tony Ray 33 W M Assault on a Female 03/28/2010 Ortega Lopez, Juan Carlos 18 W M Felonious Restraint 03/28/2010 Hernandez, Marco Antonio 20 W M Felonious Restraint 03/28/2010 Barco, Favian Perez 17 W M Felonious Restraint 03/28/2010 Contreras, Placido Galvez 26 W M Assault on a Female True Bill of Indictment True Bill of Indictment 03/28/2010 Pickens, Avery Brock 36 B M Communicating threats Simple Assault Resisting Public Officer 03/28/2010 Hall, Michael Shawne 31 W M 03/29/2010 Grant, Brittany Leigh 22 W F Holding for Other Agency 03/30/2010 Williamson, Deanna Mary 20 W F Driving While Impaired Failure To Appear Failure To Appear Resisting Public Officer Assault on Government Official/ Employee Simple Possess Sch II CS (M)

03/30/2010 Sowerby, Jesse Dehart 28 W M 03/30/2010 King, Gherld Edward 24 W M Injury to Personal Property Failure To Appear Possess Drug Paraphernalia No Operators License Misdemeanor Cruelty to animals Felony Cruelty to animals Possession of Controlled Substance Order for Arrest, Court Violations 03/30/2010 Lee, Travis Heathe 24 WM 03/31/2010 Dillard, Justin Lee 28 W M Probation Violation Possess Methamphetamine Possess Drug Paraphernalia 03/31/2010 Burrell, Ciera Nicole 21 WF Possess Methamphetamine Possess Drug Paraphernalia Extradition/Fugitive Other State 03/31/2010 Burrell, Jody Edward 25 W M 03/31/2010 Allen, Hillary Louise 18 B F DVPO Violation 03/31/2010 Roberts, David Cody 18 W M DVPO Violation Simple Assault Call for Service

04/02/2010 Crane, Jeffery Carisle 54 W M 04/02/2010 Hogan, Jack wayne 68 W M Driving While Impaired 04/02/2010 Yeager, Raymond Ansel II 58 W M Holding for Other Agency 04/02/2010 Milam, Leo Anthony 56 W M Serving Time 04/02/2010 Di Giorgio, Rudolph Benedito 75 W M Driving While Impaired First Degree Burglary Larceny after Breaking and/or Entering Possess Marijuana Up to 1/2 Ounce Possess Drug Paraphernalia 04/03/2010 Konig, Timothy Wayne 29 W M 04/03/2010 Perez, Casimiro Bastista 27 U M No Operators License Resisting Public Officer Malicious Conduct by Prisoner 04/03/2010 Penn, Patrick Allen 46 BM 04/03/2010 Smith, Travis Laverne 23 W M Breaking and/or Entering (F) 04/03/2010 Holland, Victor Lewis 44 B M DWLR

PARC Member of the Month Patsy Hendrix

PARC recognizes Patsy Hendrix, Member of the Month for March. Patsy has been a member of PARC for 2 years.   She was referred by a surgeon due to pain in her knees caused by arthritis. Today she is pain free, and her prognosis is good. Patsy goes to the PARC 3 times a week.  She highly recommends the PARC to people who have physical problems. She would especially like to thank the following people : Jennifer SmithPhysical Therapist, Sherry BennettTrainer, Anne Cluff – receptionist & Holli Johnson – Facility Manager.

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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

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

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.

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. Amateur license testing will be held on  January 23rd in Blairsville. Contact Bob Ochs at 706-838-4728 for more information.

Experimental Aircraft

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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

Cherokee Trail Decorative Painters will be having a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bring  A Friendâ&#x20AC;? meeting in January.    Members  will be inviting friends  for a day of painting and fellowship.   We will have a variety of projects at all levels to paint.  The projects will be provided by our Ways and Means Committee and will be a lot of fun to paint.  The meeting is January 23 at 9:30 at the All Saints Lutheran Church on Highway 76 in Blairsville, Georgia.   Cherokee Trail Decorative Painters is an affiliated chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters located in the tri-state area of North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee.  For more information email Nancy Gillis at wgillis@windstream.net.  

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Prepared childbirth classes will begin Jan 21st through Feb. 11th 2010.  Classes are on Thursday evenings 7:00 to 9:00  pm at the Cherokee County Health Department.   Participants must arrive by 6:30pm on the first night in order to register.  Classes are taught by a Lamaze Certified Instructor.  To sign up or for more information call 828-837-7486 and ask for Ronnie or Montez.

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.  

Mountain Community SeniorsÂ

Mountain Community Seniors will meet this Thursday, April 7th, at 2 PM at the Senior Center in Hiawassee.  Our speaker will be Robert Brewer, County Extension Agent for Towns County.  Come join us as Mr. Brewer gives us gardening tips for vegetables and plants.   We look forward to seeing our friends and neighbors in Clay and Union Counties join us for refreshments and getting some ideas for their gardens..

Fundraiser

Fundraiser / Meet and Greet - Dr. Dan Eichenbaum (R) for Congress. Dr. Dan is standing for election to congress in NC 11 as a principled conservative . Please join him and his team for dinner on Monday, April 12, at The New Happy Garden Chinese Restaurant in Murphy from 4:30pm-8:30pm. Call Mike Crowell with questions at 828-360-4294. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talk politics!

9-12 Project

The 9-12 Project of Cherokee County General Meeting, Saturday, April 10, 6:00pm8:30pm, at the Brasstown Community Center located at 255 Setawig Road in Brasstown. We will be hosting a Meet and Greet of all candidates running for local and state offices. Everyone is welcome. Call 828-837-0055 for additional information. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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.

I   DAR Meetings

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.

Brasstown Potluck

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

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.

GWRRA Meetings

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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.

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Mountain Economic Partners

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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.

Anti Death Penalty

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.

Commissioners Meeting

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.

Valley River Civitan Club

Valley River Civitan Club of Andrews meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 6 p.m., PJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurant in Andrews. Visitors are welcome. For more information call Anita Davis at 361-1247.

Basket Weavers

The Shooting Creek Basket Weavers Guild meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 9:45 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Shooting Creek Community Center (fire station). Refreshments are served and a business meeting is held before a weaving project is presented. For more information contact Joan (Guild president) at 706-896-1534.

MRACG Meeting

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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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 Hayesville. Alcoholics Anonymous has scheduled meetings as follows: Tues. 7 p.m., in the back of the Episcopal Church of the Messiah located across the street from the Cherokee Scout and the Verizon building on the corner of Central & Church Street; Sat. noon at the 409 building; Thur. 8 p.m. St. Williamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic Ch., Murphy; Wed. 8 p.m., United Methodist Church, Andrews, in the fellowship hall; Tues. noon, Thur. noon, Fri. 8 p.m.; Immaculate Heart of Mary, Hayesville; Sat. 8 p.m. First Methodist Church, Downtown Hayesville. For a complete area meeting schedule and information, call 837-4440.

Domestic Violence Support

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.

Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends is a selfhelp, non-profit organization that offers that offers friendship and understanding to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings meets at 7 p.m. every third Thursday each month at the Senior Center in Murphy. Call Maxine Arne at 837-0425, Mabel Cooke at 837-6871 or Vicky Sullivan at 837-9168 for details.

Weight Loss

Tops Weight Loss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take Off Pounds Sensiblyâ&#x20AC;? in Murphy meets on Mondays at 5 p.m. at the Glen Mary Hall, Andrews Road. For more information, call 8374587. Two Tops clubs meet in Andrews on Mondays. The morning club meets in Valleytown Baptist Church Fellowship Hall at 8:45 a.m. weigh in, meeting at 9 a.m. Call 321-5242 for more information. The evening club, which meets at Christ Community church, weights in at 5 p.m. and has a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Call 3213040 or 321-1422 for more information.

Divorce Care Seminar

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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.

Netwest Schedule

The week of April 12 The NCWN West (Netwest) presents two writers reading poems and stories at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina, April  15 at 7:00 in the Keith House.  Look for articles about the readers in your local news paper.

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The Cherokee County Community 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.

Submit your events from wncsentinel.net special-help seminar and support group for people experiencing divorce or separation will be held on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. at Hiawassee United Methodist Church. Divorce Care features nationally recognized experts on divorce and recovery topics.

English Classes

Classes de ingles gratis. Tri County Community College. Ofrece classes de ingles como Segundo idioma (ESL Classes) Todos los Miercoles y Jueves De 9:00 a.m. a 12:00 p.m. En el local de Family Resources of Cherokee County. Ubicado en 70 Central Street Murphy, NC 28906. Para mayor informacion llame al tlefono No. (828) 8373460.

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.

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.

Quilting Classes

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.

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 706-781-3992 or call Martha at 706-379-2729.

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.

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.

Square Dance Classes

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Nantahala Regional Youth Services Librarian Sarah Arnaudin leads Grace Bowlin, Chloe Decker, Jordan Phillips, and Jillian Phillips as well as several visitors from out of town in a Storytime march. The Murphy Library is sponsoring Community Night at Brothers Restaurant on Monday, April 5 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. to raise money for new childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books at the library.

Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fulfilling way to help the Murphy Library: eat at Brothers Restaurant on Mon2^]caXQdcX]VFaXcTa day, April 5 anytime between 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.  Friends of Murphy Library are celebrating Community Night at Brothers Restaurant, 5722 Highway 64 West.  Everyone is encouraged to bring friends and family to dine at this family eatery.  On Community Night, Brothers donates a portion of the nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proceeds to the sponsoring organization.  The money raised on Community Night will help children.  Librarian Jeff Murphy and Sarah Arnaudin, the Youth Services librarian, want to update the nonfiction books in the juvenile area at the Murphy Library.  Many are outdated and there is nothing like bright, shiny books to entice children to read.  But Community Night is not totally about reading, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a math problem.  How many diners can we fit into Brothers in four hours?  The greater the number, the merrier the librarians will be.  Can we gather 500 hungry people?  You be the judge.   Just make sure youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a hungry one.  Reminder flyers can be found at Murphy Xpress Lube on the back of their invoices or at the Murphy Library.  Call 837-2417 for details.

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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.

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

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

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.

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Valley Kennel Club Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. the first Monday of each month at Brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant on Hwy 64 in Murphy, NC.  We invite all those interested in pure bred dogs and canine activities to attend. Call President Kit Miracle @ 706 492 5253 or Peggy Moorman @ 828 835 1082 for details.

Mountain Hikers Mountain High Hikers schedule two hikes each Tuesday, occasionally specialty hikes, and regular trail maintaining 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.

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 veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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.

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Intermediate Bridge is being played 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) 3898065.

Grannyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

Oil Painting Classes

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.

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

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 countiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sick and needy. Helpers are welcome.

Fellowship Weekly Full Gospel Business Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fellowship International meets at 6 p.m. every Monday at Daniels in Hiawassee, Ga. Call (828) 389-

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Women in fellowship

Tri-County Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Connection meets the first Thursday of each month in the fellowship hall of Murphy First Baptist Church, welcoming retirees, homemakers, home-schoolers, young moms-------all women. Fascinating programs, delightful music, inspirational talks, good food, child care and wonderful fellowship make each gathering special. Call Linda at 837-2305 for information and reservations.

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$0..6/*5: BRW^^[) • Continued from page 1A key players in setting up and organizing budgets for various community services and organizations. The students were also given a run down of how local government elections take place. Jones mentioned a new “wrinkle” in the election process. State law has now allowed for candidates unaffiliated with a political party to run for commissioner as an independent. What’s more is that these candidates have what some consider an unfair advantage in that they are exempt from the primary election and

essentially have a free pass to the general election. As a board, the commissioners highlighted the importance of everyone eligible to vote in the upcoming election. Regardless of who is voted for, the commissioners made it clear that voting is the only way representation can be selected for local governments. The students also learned that if they are going to turn 18 by the general election date, they are eligible to register for the upcoming election. Following the meeting students gathered around Commissioner David Sumpter who represents the community of Hiwassee Dam. Sumpter answered the questions of the students and he talked on some of his experiences so far since he was elected to

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the board. The entire meeting was an excellent learning experience for the students. Other important topics discussed at the meeting were two budget amendments for the Western North Carolina Regional Airport in the amount of $29,000, and the other for Cherokee County School projects totaling $30,000. A resolution was also made to request that the NCDOT name State bridges #89 and 90 in memory of Dr. Algernon Gordon Swan, the late CEO of District Memorial Hospital in Andrews. The next scheduled commissioner’s meeting is set for April 19th, and on May 3rd the board will hold their meeting at Andrews High School.

The Board of Commissioners held their meeting on the High School Gymnasium floor in Hiwassee Dam. Students watched from the bleachers.

>acW^S^g) • Continued from page 1A ered for bar-b-que at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. “It was your usual church potluck,” Blomeley said... except for the time. About eight people attend on an average Sunday, Blomeley said, noting that it ranges to 20 on occasion. While most of the congregation is older, one family and some locals in their thirties attend.

7TPcW) • Continued from page 1A keeping, while the going rate for similar accommodations in the capitol area of Washington would normally go for $1,700 to $4,000 a month. In a recent statement Congressman Shuler disputes any irregularity saying: “I have never been offered or accepted any subsidies for my rent in Washington. The cost estimates provided by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) for housing in DC are not accurate for a shared living environment and communal living spaces. My housing arrangements have always been and will continue to be, in full compliance with the ethics rules of the U.S. House of Representatives.”

4( ) • Continued from page 1A 1. More local representation on the 911 Board (WHY? Because current statute provides that a majority of the Board is made up of the Telecommunications industry. This majority does not accurately represent the fact that 911 services are primarily a local government function and not a telcom function.) 2. Flexibility to use 911 funds to cover a 911 system that covers the entire 911 call – from the receipt of the call to the top of the tower. (WHY?

“Yes, there is an emphasis nowdays on technology and immediacy and cultural relevence...but what I find is that for a lot of people there is a search not for the surface, but for the depth,” Blomeley said. “The candles, the incense... it speaks to a lot of people.” Blomeley said that he hopes the parish could one day leave behind the quaint compartment it currently occupies at Peachtree Place and construct a standalone church. Before that happens, however, the parish has to become financially sustainable. At this point contribu-

tions cover the basics and utilities, but Blomeley is serving without a salary. “We have more people now than we really thought we would at this point,” he said. Fifty to one-hundred families is what you shoot for to become a real parish... If we could get to that point over five to ten years I’d be tickled.” But no matter how much it grows, the services will stay the same. “We’re not for everybody,” Blomeley said. “Some find their fullfillment in the technological aspect of services, but others find it in the timelessness.”

Last Thursday, CREW filed a complaint saying this conservative bevy of conservative members of Congress who’ve resided at the C Street house may have violated c congressional gift rules by accepting steeply discounted lodging. Among those listed in the complaint were Republicans Senators Tom Coburn (Oklahoma), Jim DeMint (South Carolina), John Ensign (Nevada) and Sam Brownback (Kansas). Also listed were conservative U.S. House members Mike Doyle (Democrat of Pennsylvania), Bart Stupak (Democrat of Michigan) and Zach Wamp (Republican of Tennessee), along with Shuler. Shuler is reported to have been living in the house since last August. While inquiry into the matter may prove to be without merit, there have been questions asked within the 11th District Democratic Party regarding the company Shuler keeps with his

living accommodations. The question whether the thinking of these farright wing Republicans is rubbing off on Congressman Shuler. Shuler has joined the company of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Democrats which opposed President Barack Obama’s $800 billion stimulus bill in 2009 as well as other significant legislation put forth by his own party. While his vote was not critical to its passage, Shuler voted against the President’s Health Care legislation saying it could have been better crafted, causing many Democrats within the district to question just whose party he is representing. Shuler says he is voting his conscience and what he believes is best for the people he serves. Some speculate he is not facing strong opposition during the primary and wants to position himself for a certain victory during the general election when he might face more formable Republican opposition.

Current statute allows expenditures that only cover equipment needed to receive the 911 call. Funds are not allowed to cover the dispatch part of the 911 call. For emergency responders to do their jobs to the best of their ability, to save lives and protect property, our statutes need to support a system that supports the entire call, and not just part of the call.) Please also consider sending a quick e-mail to the members of the 911 Study Committee: Rep. Lucy Allen: Lucy.Allen@ ncleg.net Rep. Angele Bryant: Angela.Bryant@ncleg.net Rep. Lorene Coates: Lorene. Coates@ncleg.net

Rep. Bill Faison: Bill.Faison@ncleg. net Rep. Efton Sager: Efton.Sager@ ncleg.net Rep. Roger West: Roger.West@ ncleg.net Please thank them for their service on this committee as well as their support of local government and public safety. We will keep you updated on this important issue. After the committee meets April 20, we will send out information that details their specific recommendations. Your voice makes a difference. Thank you for your help moving your legislative goal forward!

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