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Keeping arts in schools

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A town on the move

Blog writer Tipper Pressley receives international attention

A lot of improvements have been made to the town

On Monday, the eve of the municipal election, Mayor Bill Sentinel Writer Hughes took a few minutes to thank the council members for all of the good work that has taken place to make the Town of Murphy a better place to live. Listing some of the the current projects, he said the footbridge across the valley river has been repainted, noting that the bridge is 70 years old and had been given a national award at the time it was built for being one of the most attractive bridges of its time. “The sidewalks on Tennessee and Peachtree streets have been completed,” the mayor said. “The pump station in the vicinity of Murphy Medical Center is underway. We expect to have the bids in two weeks on the new water meters. We have three big projects going on. I think with the culmination of our four-year term, the Town of Murphy is a better place because of your (council members) work,” Hughes said. Councilman Frank Dickey acknowledged the good work of the mayor, saying how involved Mayor Hughes is attending functions, funerals, just about everything going on in town. Dickey said, “I understand the mayor even helped a lady get a cat out from underneath her house.” Mayor Hughes often tell folks, if I can help you in any way, just let See MURPHY Page 8A

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Sentinel Writer Writer Tipper Pressley, the maker behind the Blind Pig and the Acorn website, says she stumbled upon the idea to start an online blog. Whether happenstance or not, the site has began to turn the heads of readers worldwide. “I designed a business plan and began from scratch,” said Pressley. “I always thought blogs were for businesses or the news. I’d never done anything like it before, but I wanted to give it a try.”


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“Many of my readers live where they can’t hear the chickens, see the cows, or have a garden.” technology to do so; a digital camera, a computer, and the internet. Pressley’s website,, is now two years old. Currently the site has three hundred and seventy subscribers and averages two thousand five hundred views per week. “As it went on, I really latched on to it,” commented Pressley. “In beginning

I thought, ‘What am I going to talk about?’ Now I think I can’t talk about it quick enough!” “I’ve run across a lot of folks from this area and the larger Appalachian region who are still do a lot of old things. They have modern technology but still See BLOG Page 8A

Commissioners briefed on solar energy and community gardens By: Frank Bradley Sentinel Writer

Mother nature may have turned the county’s foliage yellow, gold and brown, but in the Cherokee County Courthouse on Monday, most folks were talking green. Green energy through solar power; growing produce in the county’s community garden and even looking for ways to sprout new jobs through agriculture. Dr. Stephen Lane, the county’s school superintendent, told the commissioners that the school board is pursuing a solar project through partnership with the TVA, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative and Solar Energy Initiatives to increase energy efficiency in the schools. A plan that could save almost $2 million over 20 years. He said the plan entails the installation of solar panels on about two and a half acres of land near the Martin’s Creek School at no cost to the county or school system.

Lane asked that the Board of Commissioners grant a waiver on two items: a waiver to North Carolina General Statute 115C-518 so that the cost reduction is not applied to reduce the Board of Education’s indebtedness for school related projects, and for it to provide a statement that the commissioners do not desire to lease from the Board of Education the five acres, more or less at martins Creek School for a period of up to 20 years for a solar project. Lane said he expects this project to not only save a substantial amount of money for the schools through energy efficiency, but that it also provides educational opportunities for students at Martin’s Creek and for field trips by other schools in the county. The board also got a report regarding the success of the county’s community garden, which was started this spring at a site near the old landfill. It was reported that there were 18 participants, who gardened together to grow corn,

potatoes, beans, squash and other vegetables. Some had never put in a garden before and so it was a learning experience for them. Keith Wood said they followed an Integrated Pest Management system, which was to use the least environmentally harmful method first. He called this first year a “grace year” in that the insects hadn’t found the garden yet, so they didn’t have to use pesticides. Also, no fertilizer was used, just lime and chicken manure. Four-H kids, about ten to fifteen of them, staked and ran strings

for the beans to run on. Also, the garden had six rows of laid plastic, providing each participant with a third of a row on which to grow assorted vegetables. Shannon Coleman worked with the youth, teaching them how to preserve the produce by freezing an canning. Teresa Wiley taught and demonstrated the preservation methods to the adults, some who were learning for the first time.The gardeners provided 10 percent

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Pressley began writing about what she knows best: her Appalachian heritage. Born and raised in Brasstown, cocooned in the lifestyle which she now explores on her site, Pressley is finding that she has an endless amount of material to work with. “I have always had a passion for the history of our area, folk lore, wives tales, and preserving the old ways,” she said. “I want to show how the past can be remembered, appreciated in the present, and used for the future.” Interestingly she uses modern

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Flu View Update Synopsis: During week 42 (October 18-24, 2009), influenza activity increased in the U.S. * 8,268 (42.1%) specimens tested by U.S. World Health Organization (WHO) and National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS) collaborating laboratories and reported to CDC/Influenza Division were positive for influenza. * All subtyped influenza A viruses being reported to CDC were 2009 influenza A (H1N1) viruses. * The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) was above the epidemic threshold. * Twenty-two influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported. Nineteen of these deaths were associated with 2009 influenza A (H1N1) virus infection and three were associated with an influenza A virus for which the subtype was undetermined. * The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) was above the national baseline. All 10 regions reported ILI above region-specific baseline levels. * Forty-eight states reported geographically widespread influenza activity, Guam and two states reported regional influenza activity, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico reported local influenza activity, and the U.S. Virgin Islands did not report.

Oath Keepers National Leadership Conference The Oath Keepers National Leadership Conference,held in Los Vegas, Nevada had leadership representation from most of the fifty states.Founder of the Oath Keepers Stewart Rhodes,constitutional attorney and veteran requested Nighta Davis as one of the conference speakers. Davis is the National Organizer of the National 912 Project and founder of the North Georgia/Carolina Patriots that the Clay County Patriots are a part of. Teresa Reece is the Clay County Patriots Founder. Oath Keepers is a nonprofit organization made up primarily of current and former police and military personnel who renew their oaths to the Constitution.

Leiberman denies report on his support for Public Option Less than a week after saying he would campaign for the GOP in 2010, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) is shooting down a report that he has reached an agreement with Democrats about his opposition to a public option. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is seeking enough votes for a healthcare reform proposal that he said would have a government insurance plan. In a statement to FOX, Lieberman spokesman Marshall Wittmann said, “If you believe this story is true, you will also believe that I am replacing ARod in game six of the series.” “The suggestion reported in the Hill that Senator Lieberman has made a ‘private understanding’ on his votes on health care reform is absolutely not true,” Wittmann added. “Senator Lieberman’s clear position is that he will vote for the motion to proceed to the health care bill because he supports health care reform that will control costs and insure people who don’t have it now, but will oppose cloture on a final bill if it contains a public option.”

Manufacturing Orders Rise For Fifth Month In Six Orders for manufactured goods in the U.S. increased for the fifth time in six months, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. Orders rose to a seasonally adjusted 0.9 percent in September after a drop of 0.8 percent in August. The increases were in machinery, autos, defense goods, and chemicals. Economists had estimated a gain of 0.6 percent. Still, orders are down 13.9 percent so far this year compared to the first nine months of 2008. Orders for durable goods rose 1.4 percent after declining 2.7 percent in August. Durable goods constitute slightly more than half of factory demand. Bookings for machinery jumped 7.9 percent, the biggest gain since March 2008. Orders for vehicles and parts rose 0.6 percent. On Monday, the Institute for Supply Management reported that manufacturing firms expanded at the highest rate since April 2006. Inventories dropped 1 percent, a reason for the increase in factory orders.

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Sticking up for the little guy More help needed for small businesses Shuler says

By: Frank Bradley Sentinel Writer

In a media teleconference last week, Congressman Heath Shuler spoke of his efforts to help small businesses, many of whom are struggling in the current economy. “Serving on the Small Business Committee of the House of Representatives, he said he is looking for ways to make it easier for these businesses to obtain loans. “We need to cut out the red tape, increase the amount small businesses can borrow up to a maximum of $3 million,” he said. He said his committee is pushing through legislation to get small banks lending again. Regarding health care legislation,

Shuler said the earlier bill HR 3200 had lots of problems that made it a bill he couldn’t support. “There were some bad issues attached to it,” he said;  “however,  the current proposals being circulated in the House are much improved.” “It’s as strong as it has ever been for the general public,” he said. “We’ve got to keep it under $900 billion in keeping with the president’s cost curve parameters. Also, we cannot forget our seniors. We want to make sure they are taken care of and not left out.” Regarding the issue of public option in the health care bill, Shuler said he favors a public option, but that he is fully aware that there are other views regarding it. He again stressed the importance of containing the cost curve to

hold down spending. He said one way to hold down the cost is to put more effort on wellness and prevention. More importantly, he said, the House bill is going to be affected with what the U.S. Senate is going to do. Shuler addressed two other issues: steps taken to make sure there is sufficient “Swine Flu vaccine” distributed to rural areas, and steps he is taking with his congressional counterpart in Tennessee to secure funding to re-open the section of I-40 that has been closed due to a rockslide. He said a letter had been written to the Federal Highway Administration asking that it be declared a disaster and that funds need to be made available to get the road open as quickly as possible due to its economic impact on this region. He said there are

provisions for the federal government to foot the bill 100 percent.

I-40 Rock Slide Update

Crews to begin blasting rock tomorrow; Web site available

Contractors have installed a pulley system and moved two drills into place on the face of the mountain slope and will drill holes in preparation to begin blasting rock tomorrow afternoon. On the ground, crews continue to break up the largest boulders lying in the road. This work will continue to take place over the next couple weeks. The N.C. Department of Transportation has established a Web site dedicated to updates and information on the clean up efforts. It can be accessed directly from People can also sign up for daily updates via

Twitter. The rock slide occurred Oct. 25 on I-40 in North Carolina near the Tennessee line. The slide is about 150 feet high and 200-300 feet wide and the majority of debris is rock.   The N.C. Department of Transportation has hired Phillips & Jordan Inc. of Knoxville, Tenn. and rock stabilization specialist Jonad Contractors of Champion, NY to perform the work.  Travelers can still reach Western North Carolina via a number of routes. An official detour has been set up for inter-state traffic. Motorists traveling

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case right from the people it affects the most - the students! Meet Will Skelton. Will is a Clay County resident who attends Hayesville High School. He moved to Clay County when he was in 1st grade. Will’s mom recognized the importance of Art and enrolled him into John C. Campbell’s “Little Middle Folk School Week.” Over the years Will has developed a love for the Arts and aside from being an incredibly talented artist and painter, he also enjoys performing in the high school chorus, and drama program. In fact, Will is so passionate about keeping the Arts in Schools that he has written his senior thesis paper on the subject. He has applied to Western NC University, Wingate University, Young Harris College, and New York University. Written below is Will’s thesis.

west to Tennessee should take I-40 West to I-240 West (Exit 53b) in Asheville to I-26 West (Exit 4a). Follow I-26 West from Asheville to I-81 South (Exit 8a) in Tennessee, back to I-40. Eastbound motorists will follow the reverse directions. NCDOT reminds motorists to stay alert, travel at non-peak times and use alternate routes when possible. Plan ahead before driving by visiting the NCDOT Traveler Information Management System Web site at or calling 511, the state’s free travel information line, for

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Art in School - Where did it go? Editor

It’s no secret that art programs are failing in schools everywhere. Every year the amount of funds allocated for art classes dwindles. Band students are using instruments from 1985, art classes are given nothing more than a few new sets of colored pencils, and maybe some secondhand paint sets. It seems that schools are trying to shut out the one program that provides a foundation for expanding intellect, and fostering creativity. Not only this, but countless studies have proven that students who are exposed to arts and culture perform better in Math and English classes. It has also been proven that students who attend schools with strong art programs have a higher success rate of getting into good colleges and landing good jobs. There are hundreds of charities and organizations that have been founded with the sole purpose of saving art programs but very little progress has been made. In light of this, The Sentinel will be publishing a series of articles that take a look at the condition of our local art programs, and exploring different solutions for helping to save our art programs, as well as how we can bring the arts back to the forefront - not only in our schools, but also in our community. So what better way to kick this series off than to hear the

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Art, it has been used in american school systems for decades. Increasingly though there has been a decline in art being taught in schools. with budget cuts, and a demand for focus on more practical subjects, a person might say that America has forgotten the importance of students expression through art. The main cause of the art programs being cut is the governments pressure on school systems. More focus on math mean less focus on music. Did the government know that music and

Will Skelton displays a Piece of “Recycled Art” that he constructed from old household rubbish. Will’s Art will be displayed along with the work of many other students at an upcoming “Recycled Art Works” exhibit on the Square in Hayesville. math go hand in hand, or that visual programs are often art may improve content and organiconsidered expandable. No child left zation of writing? Art has numerous behind legislation means increasing connections to school subjects. academic time of core subjects, which The arts must be kept in schools. translates into cutting time for arts They bring life and color to a gray education. As money becomes tight, world where students go through the frills are cut (i.e., the arts). Schools do normal boring routine of fractions and not seem able to fill the financial gaps dull sessions of writing work. In Ter- in arts education, and they often view rance Young’s article “Keeping the Arts music and art as extraneous. Teachers Alive,” Young explains the importance can use music and art to help students of art living in U.S. schools. “When learn content in the core-subject areas. budgets are tightened, the school liSee ART Page 8A brary media specialist and/or the arts

Executive Advanced); Ida Stafford BSN, RN, CHPN (Hospice and Palliative Nurse); and Julie Younce BSN, RN, HCS-D (Home Health Coding Special-Diagnosis), National certification is earned by passing exams administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA). The recognition honors higher standards and better outcomes in patient health through advanced nurse training.   “I am proud to celebrate the excellence, professionalism and dedication each of these women have shown in obtaining and maintaining her certifi-

cation,” stated Good Shepherd Home Health & Hospice Manager Towanna Roberts. “The percentage of our certified nurses on staff (33 percent) speaks

Keeping the Arts in Schools

By: Will Skelton

Nurses recognized by Good Shepherd Good Shepherd Home Health and Hospice Agency of Murphy Medical Center celebrates National Home Health & Hospice Month throughout November and began by recognizing its certified nurses. The Agency commissioned a permanent plaque to commemorate the certified nurses’ dedication to the nursing profession by earning national specialty certification. The plaque lists each certified nurse and her specialty certification: Beth Decker BSN, RN,HCS-D (Home Health Coding Special-Diagnosis); Jill Long MA, BSN, RN-BC (Gerontological Nurse); Towanna Roberts MHS, BNS, RN, NEA-BC (Nurse

highly to our goal of providing quality home health and hospice services to our community.”


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Thanks for a great benefit Brasstown Valley Church would like to thank all who made the benefit yard sale for James Vandereedt on October 24, 2009 a great success.  We would like to say thank you to Friends Moving Company for helping us move items and McConnell Memorial Baptist Church for allowing us to use their parking lot.  We would also like to thank all of the individuals who donated items for the sale, those who

volunteered for the sale, and every person who attended the sale. All proceeds will go towards James’s medical expenses associated with his recent liver transplant.  To God be the glory!   -Holly A. Berndt, MD for Brasstown Valley Church

As director of The Learning Center! Charter School, I would like to thank all the parents, teachers and community volunteers who helped make our Addams Family Monster Mash event such a huge success. On the event night and for days after, many comments were made to me about the incredible costumes, variety of activities, “Addams Family” maze and the amount of creativity that was evident in the volunteer work behind the event.   We thank the high school students and community members who played roles in the maze.Tri-County Early College High School students had record participation this year and all students will receive community service hours for their involvement. Thanks also to teachers, parents & grandparents, community members and business supporters. An event of this magnitude would not be possible without them. Special thanks to our main event sponsors: Sounds Good Electronics,BB&T Bank,Cricket Hollow Design,Highland Realty Group, Macon Bank, Party Outlet, Rand & Rawson

Design Thanks to our community supporters: Appalachian Community Bank, Bill McKeever, Bill and Barbara Hughes, Blue Ridge Mountain EMC Board Members and Staff of The Learning Center! Can Do Computers Classy Ground Covers Collinswood of NC Computer Workshop Cricket Hollow Design David Hilton Realty Dickey Supply Doyle’s Restaurant Farley Insurance Ground to Graphics John Sandidge Plumbing Mt. Lakes Board of Realtors Mountain Office Systems Murphy Auto Supply Murphy’s Grill No Name Deli Party Outlet Ritz Refrigeration Rudy Bata Law Office Studley Chiropractor The Collins Law Firm Tim Noland Tri County Early College and Murphy High students Tri-State News & Shoppers Guide Victoria’s Fashions Wayne Roshaven and BJ McFalls And to those who gave anonymously so all students could participate in the fun during these tough economic times.

Addams Family Event a hit thanks to volunteers, community

The time for change is now By: Jim Fitzgerald Columnist I have said it before and I will say it again. Insurance companies push as much risk onto the government (you and me) as they can and then do not want the government to compete with them for the less risky population.  For example, do you have a disability policy? If you do, look closely at the language of your contract. Most likely, you will see a clause that requires you to apply for Social Security Disability should you file a claim against the policy.The disability carrier will provide a lawyer to shepherd your case through the SSD process. Then, whatever benefits you receive from SSD reduces any benefits from your disability insurer. If SSD awards you $1,000 a month, then your insurer reduces their benefit to you by $1,000. You may be paying for a $2,000 a month disability policy but your insurer will only be paying $1,000 a month should $1,000 of SSD be awarded. Just consider the “public option” that has been vilified so harshly by the conservatives.  They claim they do not want government in health care. More-

over, they do not want government to compete with private insurers. Do they realize that government has been involved in health care for decades? Who do they think manage the Medicare and Medicaid health insurance programs? Both programs were created to cover individuals that private insurance programs do not want on their books. The government covers the elderly, the poor, and the disabled (both mental and physical). Private insurance companies do not want to cover these populations because they are heavy consumers of health care. That means the unhealthiest among us are forced into government programs and then conservatives complain that the government cannot run efficient health care programs.  This criticism is similar to tying one hand behind a fighter and then blaming him for losing the fight. What do you think would happen if a private insurer were forced to accept only the unhealthiest among us? What if they were prohibited from accepting healthier people to help offset the expenses associated with the unhealthy ones? That company would go bankrupt, plain and simple. However, that does not stop conser-


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vatives from suggesting the government should turn a profit on the very population that private insurers refuse to insure. The government cannot charge the kind of premiums that a private insurer is able to charge. Anyone with private health insurance knows, with certainty, his or her premiums will go up every year, sometimes twice a year. Anyone on Medicare knows the $96 monthly premium is nowhere close to what a private insurer would charge. I was paying $500 a month for a $10,000 deductible policy before I turned 65. I was so thankful to get Medicare. It was a lifesaver because if I had to pay private rates, I would not have been able to afford to retirement. Private insurers have a free hand in raising rates while the government is limited because of the population it is forced to cover. Conservatives also believe that if the government competed in the private sector, private health insurers would go bankrupt. On the one hand, they say the government cannot run an efficient program and, on the other hand, say that the government would be so efficient that private companies would be driven out of business! Which is it? For decades, private insurers have been allowed to “cherry-pick” who they were willing to insure while the government has been forced to accept only the people private companies would not accept. Do you think this is fair to the American taxpayer? I do not and believe that the government should have the chance to enroll healthier people so that premiums, across the board, can drop. We can increase the health care insurance market by over 45 million people and the government should get the chance to enroll as many of them as possible. If given a fair and level playing field, it is my bet government would be every bit as efficient in providing health care insurance as private insurers. Essentially, it is very unfair to allow private insurers to “stick” the American taxpayer with everybody they refuse to insure. We cry about unaffordable premiums, we cry about the need, both public and private, to ration health care (it happens every day), and, then, we cry about changing the system to make it more responsive and affordable. When will we wake up and realize that changing a system that has become increasingly unaffordable means unpleasant choices? Let us usher in a public-private partnership, like Medicare, for everyone and be done with it. The time for change is here. The time for change is now. Conservatives have failed to introduce any substantive ideas for change and failed to come to the table. Change must occur without them. They squandered their opportunity to be an integral part of the overhaul of health care. They should stop whining.   (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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From the desk of Heath Shuler Reps. Shuler and Roe Seek Federal Funds for I-40 Repair

Congressmen Heath Shuler (DN.C.) and Phil Roe (R-TN) organized every member of the North Carolina and Tennessee Congressional delegations to advocate for a speedy repair of Interstate 40 after the devastating rock slide last weekend.  Reps. Shuler and Roe wrote the Federal Highway Administrator today requesting federal emergency funds to clean-up and repair the main transportation artery between North Carolina and Tennessee. Interstate 40 serves as a vital transportation and commerce thoroughfare for the U.S., particularly the states of North Carolina and Tennessee.  Each day, about 25,000 vehicles travel the section of I-40 which has been closed due to the rock slide.  Approximately 10,000 tractor trailers traverse the road daily to carry goods throughout the region.  Because the portion of I-40 impacted by the landslide is so important to the states they represent, Reps. Shuler

and Roe wrote Victor Mendez, Federal Highway Administrator, for assistance. Specifically, they asked for funds from the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program for the cost of clean-up and repairs.   Every member of the North Carolina and Tennessee Congressional delegations support the effort and have added their names as signatories to the letter.  “Thousands of families are currently isolated from emergency services, and the detour around the I-40 closure can add an hour and a half to a trip,” said Rep. Shuler, D-N.C.  “We have to get this critical route reopened as quickly as possible.” “The impact of this rock slide is being felt across East Tennessee and Western North Carolina.  We want to see Interstate 40 safely reopen as soon as possible,” said Rep. Roe, R-TN. “I am working with my colleagues from Tennessee and North Carolina to secure federal assistance to keep the re-

pair process moving.” On Wednesday, Gov. Bev Perdue declared that the rock slide on I-40 at mile marker 3 was a disaster, which is the first step in seeking federal emergency funds. Federal Highway Administration Emergency Relief Program funds were established to address damages directly caused by natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, tidal waves, earthquakes, tornados, storms, and landslides.  The letter from Roe and Shuler indicated that the major rock slide on I-40 in North Carolina fits well within the eligibility requirements to qualify for the funds.   “This portion of I-40 is essential to the people and the local economy of Western North Carolina, and I hope the Federal Highway Administration will act as quickly as possible to help in the clean-up and repair,” Congressman Shuler said.

The House Democratic leadership unveiled a health care reform bill last week that, if passed, will make dramatic changes to the health care industry. The 1,990 page bill currently being discussed is significantly different from H.R. 3200, the health care legislation approved by the Energy and Commerce Committee in July. I am pleased to see some positive changes in the new legislation, including the repeal of an anti-trust loophole that currently allows health care insurance companies to drive up the price of medical care. This measure would bar anti-competitive practices such as price fixing and allow for increased state regulation. This provision is similar to the Health Insurance Industry Antitrust Enforcement Act, H.R. 3596, which l cosponsored last month to create more competition in the insurance industry and drive down prices. I continue to be concerned about the $1.2 trillion price tag attached to the health care legislation, H.R. 3962.  Health care premiums for families rose about 5 percent this year, and have more than doubled over the past decade, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation data.  Health care reform must slow the rising cost of health insurance affecting American families and businesses already weighed down by our struggling economy. The current legislation does not adequately reduce the cost of health care for most Americans, and threatens to make health

insurance even more expensive. Additionally, the bill does not do enough to reduce the increasing amount that the federal government spends on Medicare, Medicaid and other health care programs. These cost increases are unsustainable for our federal budget in the long run.   The House leadership may call for a vote on the legislation as early as this week.   Following the House vote, the bill will be considered by the Senate.  As I consider the legislation, I am working on reading the bill and anticipating how the legislation would affect Western North Carolina and our country as a whole.  EPA and Interior Department Spending Last week, both the House and the Senate passed the bill that finances the Environmental Protection Administration and the Department of the Interior, which funds our national parks and federal forests. The Department of Interior,Environment and Related Appropriations Act of 2010, H.R. 2996, included funding for wildlife preservation, land and water conservation, and a substantial increase to provide loans for local sewer and water projects. This bill also included my provision that allocated $713,000 to buy 88 acres of land to provide public access to the scenic site of Catawba Falls and build a parking area.  This follows the passage in September of my bill that allowed the adjustment  of the boundaries of

the Pisgah National Forest to include a total of 301 acres of additional land, 213 acres that already were owned by the federal government and the additional 88-acre tract of privately owned land. Currently, visitors need to pass through a steep and rugged wooded area to legally reach the Catawba Falls, and people often inadvertently trespass on private property. This legislation, coupled with the funding allocated in H.R. 2996, will open up Catawba Falls to hikers and fishermen, as well as give an economic boost to the economy of McDowell County. Small Business The Small Business Financing and Investment Act, H.R. 3854, was passed in the House last week.   This bill was designed  to make obtaining government loans easier and less costly for small businesses. The legislation will cut red tape for small businesses to obtain government loans, lower fees on many loans and raise the maximum amount of a Small Business Administration loan to $3 million. The legislation will get more affordable capital into the hands of small business owners who all too often face difficulties obtaining loans and other financing.   The Small Business Committee, of which I am a member and a Chairman of a Subcommittee, estimates that the bill will allow $44 billion for lending and investment to small businesses, and is expected to create and save up to 1.3 million jobs a year.

fills that need... and many more. In 1886, men of vision, advanced the idea of a permanent national organization for all veterans, Under the leadership of Peter Lacher, Louis Renkert, and George Russell Downs, they founded an organization open to all who had served in the Armed Forces or who were still in uniform to "pro-

mote loyalty to the country, assemble comrade in order to perpetuate a spirit of fraternity, present social affairs, and befriend ex-servicemen and women who might need help in securing employment, in caring for the sick, and in burying their dead. This organization is known as The Army and Navy Union USA.

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The Army & Navy Union USA By: Bill Curns Sentinel Guest Writer

At the time it was founded this organization filled a vital need, the need for a coordinated, united efforts by all veterans to aid the soldiers and sailors coming home from the wars to readjust themselves to civilian life. It still



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The N.C. Division of Forest Resources is urging residents in Western Carolina to be careful with fire, esTwelve visitors from First Baptist pecially during the upcoming fall fire Church of Andrews descended on the season. Cherokee County Historical Museum Fall fire season typically lasts from in September. Among its many hismid-October until mid-December. torical artifacts, the museum has two During the fall, people do a lot of yard special items for Andrews’ residents. work that includes burning leaves and  Zeb Bristol Conely, Jr. donated one yard debris. Sometimes, those yard fires of the first phone booths ever used in escape and start wildfires. In fact, debris Andrews in honor of his parents, Zeb burning is the No. 1 cause of wildfires Conley, Sr. and Annie Elizabeth Fairin North Carolina. cloth Conley.  Mr. Conley, Sr. bought There are many factor to consider the Andrews Telephone Company in before doing any debris burning. The 1924 when there were only 91 phone Wanda Stalcup / Contributed Photo Division of Forest Resources urges Twelve members of First Baptist Church of Andrews visited the Cherokee County numbers in the whole town.   people to adhere to the following tips  The museum also recently reprinted Historical Museum in September:  Louise Tanner, Sue McGuire, Gladys Raxter, to protect property and prevent wildAndrews native, Margaret Walker Doris Kummer, Wanda Beck, & David Beck (front, from left), Fred Tanner, Betty Barfield, Pat Reed, Marilyn Raxter, Lane Raxter & Bill Reed (2nd row), George Barfield, fires: Freel’s four-hundred-page history, Our Shirley Milliman, Alma Gray, Carol Crouse & Dale Crouse (3rd row), and Eva Wood, • Never burn trash, paper, plastic and Heritage - the people of Cherokee Harlace Sealy, Bob Kummer, Priscilla Cope, Jeanette Wilson & Jim Wilson (4th row) other man-made materials. It is illegal County, North Carolina 1540-1955.  and Kenneth Cope on top.  It’s a must-read for any one interested  Church and school groups are alin local history.  Freel’s family had built and Lillian Freel still live in Andrews the beautiful Walker Inn in Andrews. and allowed all proceeds from the ways welcome to visit the museum.  Call 837-6792 to reserve a date. Her son and daughter-in-law Charles book to go to the museum. Contributing Writer

to burn man-made materials in North Carolina because the smoke pollutes the air and can be harmful to breathe. • Make sure you have a valid permit. Yu can obtain a burning permit at any N.C. Division of Forest Resource office, any permitting agent, or online at http.// • Check with local officials. Outside burning may be prohibited. • Check the weather. Don’t burn on dry, windy days. • Local fire officials can recommend a safe way to burn debris. Pile vegetation in a cleared area, away from overhead branches and wires. • Check local laws on burning debris. Some communities allow burning only during specific hours, others forbid it entirely. • Consider alternative ways to burn-

ing. Some type of debris, such as leaves, grass and stubble may be of more value if they are not burned, but used for mulch instead. Household trash should be hauled away to the recycling station. • Be sure you are fully prepared before burning. To control the fire, you will need a hose, bucket and a shovel for tossing dirt on the fire. • Never use kerosene, gasoline, diesel fuel or other flammable liquids to speed debris burning. • Stay with your fire until it is completely out. Adhering to these measures will help reduce the possibilities of wildfires. For more information, contact Cherokee assistant County Ranger Bob Ray at 828-837-5426.

Veteran's Day Celebration Cherokee County 2009 Come out and support the Veteran's of Cherokee County for without them Freedom wouldn't be FREE! Your attendance and participation is sincerely appreciated. Downtown on the Square in Murphy at the Veterans' Park. The program will be sponsored by : • The American Legion Post #96 • The Disabled American Veterans Chapter #73 • The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 7620 • Marine Corps League Cherokee Detachment #10 • The American Legion Post # 532 • The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 6812 • V.F.W. ladies Auxiliary • Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 10222 1. Welcome Remarks by: Oscar Valdes, Master of Ceremony 2. Invocation by Lowen Dockery 3. Raising of the Flag and Pledge of Allegiance by all. 4. National Anthem by Keith Bragg 5. Remarks by Murphy Mayor Bill Hughes 6. My Country Tis of Thee and God Bless America by: Emily Reid 7. Music Selections by: Maudeen & David Ellis 8. God Bless the U.S.A by Keith Bragg 9. 21 Gun Salute 10. Recognition off all Veterans Our appreciation to David Blakemore for the live coverage of our program on station WCVP Radio. Thanks to the Sentinel and the Cherokee Scout for announcing our ceremony program in the local newspapers. We want to thank everyone in our program which will make this Veterans Day a memorable occasion, A very special thank you to Emily Reid, Keith Bragg and Maudeen & David Ellis for their excellent music. Program will be coordinated & prepared by Oscar Valdes V.F.W.

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October 28, 2009

Dennis Morris


Dennis Morris, age 68 of Murphy, NC passed away Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at his residence. Mr. Morris was a native of Allegan County, Michigan and the son of the late Maxwell and Bernice Richardson Morris. Dennis was a US Army Veteran and a foreman in construction. He enjoyed fishing with his grandchildren and was active in the Hiwassee Dam Community Center Senior’s. Dennis was a member of Lighthouse Full Gos-

Ruth Naomi Moyer

Ruth Naomi Moyer, 92, of Andrews died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009 in an Andrews care center. She was a native of Blount County, TN, but had lived in Chicago most of her life before moving back to Andrews in 1975. She retired after several years as an accountant with Admiral Corp. in Chicago. Ruth was a member of the Andrews Church of

Michael Lee Scroggs

pel Church in Blairsville, GA. He is survived by one son, Donald Morris and his wife, Angela of Murphy, NC; one brother, Norman Morris of Washington State; two sisters, Verna Deering of Jackson, Michigan and Molly Riker of Homer Michigan; 11 grandchildren, Lance, Mary, Elijah, Elisheba, Shalom, Gabriel, Christianna, Jabez, Michael, Isaac and Caroline and one great granddaughter, Abigail. Funeral services were held at 3:00 PM, Saturday, October 31, 2009 at Lighthouse Full Gospel Church in

Blairsville, GA. Rev. Robert Mizell and Wayne Fowler will officiate. Burial was in church cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by Military Honors Division, Blairsville, GA. The family received friends from 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM, Saturday, October 31, 2009 at Lighthouse Full Gospel Church in Blairsville, GA. You may send tributes to the Morris family at or view other obits at Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Christ. She was the daughter of the late William H. and Louisa Roena Farley Grant and the wife of the late Tony Moyer.  Surviving are two daughters, Ginger Sikora of Andrews and Gail Koloc of Richardson, TX; and five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.  The family will celebrate Ruth’s life at 11:00 AM Wednesday, Nov. 4 in the Andrews Church of Christ with the

Rev. Mark Sparks officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Ruth Naomi Moyer to the American Cancer Society, Cherokee County Chapter, PO Box 1151, Murphy, NC 28906.   Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of arrangements.  An online guest register is available at “Obituaries” at www.iviefuneralhome. com

Murphy, NC and the late Esther Ruth Clutter Sneed. Michael had worked for Stanley Furniture and loved the outdoors and sports.      In addition to his father, he is sur-

    You may send tributes to the Scroggs family at or view other obits at www.townson-rose. com      Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Clara Lee Rogers

vived by two sisters, Hope Stewart and Jamie Ruth Sneed both of Murphy, NC; niece, Brooke Stewart; nephew, David Stewart and special friends, Ronnie Stancel, Joey Stancel, John Paul Stancel and Daniel Stancel.     No Funeral Services are planned.

late husband, Robert, were the owners and operators of Rogers Electric Service for over 50 years.     In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert E. Rogers, Sr. and one sister, Pearl Elrod.      She is survived by three sons, John L. Rogers and his wife, Barbara of Cypress, TX, Robert E. Rogers, Jr. and his wife, Joyce of Ringgold, GA and Charles W. Rogers of Chattanooga,

TN; three grandchildren, Diana Rogers of Cypress,TX and Christie and Christopher Rogers of Murphy, NC; two sisters, Evelyn Annis of Murphy, NC and Estelle Pack of Gastonia, NC; one brother, Elisha Kincaid of Murphy, NC and a number of nieces and nephews.     Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, November 7, 2009 at Townson-Rose Funeral Home Chapel in Murphy, NC. Rev. Nathan Finsel will officiate. Burial will be in the Tomotla Community Cemetery in Marble, NC. Pallbearers will be Don

Stiles, Terry Stiles, Sam Davis, Emmett Thompson, John Sandidge and Tom Lapsley. Honorary pallbearers will be Herman Hunter and Leigh Upchurch.    The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Friday, November 6, 2009 at Townson-Rose Funeral Home in Murphy, NC.      You may send tributes to the Rogers family at or view other obits at      Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

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3:00 PM, Monday, November 2, 2009 at Townson-Rose Funeral Home Chapel in Murphy, NC. Rev. Rex Mashburn will officiate. Music was provided by Michelle and Angel Mashburn. Burial will be in Maggies Chapel in Murphy, NC. Pallbearers were Billy Beavers, Jerry Beavers, Joe Mashburn, Richard Reeves, Jason Raper and Charles James.      The family received friends from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sunday, Novem-

ber 1, 2009 at Townson-Rose Funeral Home in Murphy, NC.      You may send tributes to the Dawkins family at or view other obits at www.townson-rose. com      Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Michael Lee Scroggs, age 56 of Marble, NC passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at his residence.     He was a native of Waynesville, NC and the son of Calvin Sneed of

Clara Lee Rogers, age 80 of Murphy, NC passed away Wednesday, October 28, 2009 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.     She was a native and lifelong resident of Cherokee County, NC; she was the daughter of the late John and Celia Sneed Kincaid. She was a member of Tomotla United Methodist Church and a member of the Marble Springs Eastern Star, Chapter 230. Clara served many posts in this chapter. She and her

Wanda Lee Dawkins, age 49, of Murphy, NC passed away Friday, October 30, 2009 in Chattanooga, TN.     She was a native of Summitt County, Ohio and the daughter of the late Jesse Woodrow Dawkins and Flora Louise Frankum. Wanda was a member of the Calvary Holiness Church in the Martins Creek area and had worked

at IOI for several years.     She is survived by her aunt, Annie Rich of Murphy, NC; uncle, Homer Frankum of Murphy, NC; cousins, Bertha Owens and Dorothy Cockerham of Murphy, NC and Donna Tenney of Ohio and by other family members from Murphy and Ohio.      Funeral Services were held at

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There are many people in our community who have hidden hobbies and talents. Murphy Medical Center Auxiliary would like to feature these talented people at an Arts and Crafts Show on November 13th and 14th Murphy Medical Center is not only our largest employer in our Tri-County area, but also has an array of talented employees and volunteers who will soon be participating in this event. Mark your calendars for Friday, November 13th and Saturday, November 14th when Auxiliary will be sponsoring the Arts and Crafts Show featuring talented employees, volunteers and community residents. From 9 am to 5 pm each day, 20 -25 crafters will dis-


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Fall Jubilee Gospel Singing to Benefit Toys For Tots  Nov. 7, 2009 At the old rock gym @ Konehetta Park  Murphy   5:00pm: Begin Selling Hot dog Plates 6:00pm-8:00pm : Singing   *Admission is free but, we are asking for everyone that can to bring a new unwrapped toy to benefit Toys For Tots * Clay County Historical & Arts Council presents

play and sell their wares in the Murphy Medical Center, Travis E. Green Conference Room and Lobby at 3990 E. Hwy 64 Alternate. Featured will be handcrafted chairs, baskets, rugs, moss gardens, jewelry, floral and holiday wreaths, knitted items, ceramics, baked goods and candies, plus much more. It is a perfect opportunity to find those special gifts for family or friends. The auxiliary will also have extended hours for The Giving Tree Gift Boutique during the Arts and Craft Show with the latest for Thanksgiving or Christmas. For more information, please call 828-835-3667.

The Autumn Arts Expo Celebrating the richness of our area’s arts and artists. Hand-crafted works for sale by local potters, basket-makers, writers, painters and more. Presentations by local arts groups.

Murphy Medical Center staff would like to congratulate Joseph and Becky Cloer of Marble on the birth of their daughter. Adelyah Leigh  was born November 1, 2009 at Murphy Medical Center. She weighed 5 pounds 10 oz and was 19 inches in length at birth. You can view her picture and our other new arrivals on the Web, go to

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Upcoming Events Story Hour

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: 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 Daniel’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.

NCWN Schedule

The NCWN West (Netwest) Poetry Critique will meet at Tri-County Community College in Murphy, North Carolina, Thursday, November 5th. at 7:00 P.M.   For more information contact

Janice Moore: 828-389-6394. We invite visitors to come and observe.  The NCWN West (Netwest) Prose Workshop and Critique Session will meet at Tri-County Community College in Murphy, North Carolina, Thursday, November 7:00 P.M.   Visitors are invited to come and observe.  For more information contact Richard Argo: 828837-5500 The NCWN West (Netwest) presents Coffee with the Poets, hosted by Phillips and Lloyd Book Store in Hayesville, North Carolina, Wednesday, November 11th.  at 10:30 A.M.   A Netwest poet is featured, followed by open mic. Desserts, coffee and tea are served by Crumpets Dessertery for a small charge. Join us for a morning of local writers reading their words in a warm and friendly environment where everyone is welcome to read, to come and listen and visit with friends. The week of November 9th and 16th. The NCWN West (Netwest) Writing for Children Workshop and Critique Session will meet at Moss Memorial Library in Haysville, North Carolina, Wednesday November 18th., at 10:00 A.M.   The Writing for Children Workshop focuses on poetry and stories for children and young adults. Support and advice is offered to writers.. We invite visitors to come and observe.  For more information contact Nancy Gadsby: 706-896-6392 The NCWN West (Netwest) presents two writers reading poems and stories at  John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina, November 19th. at 7:00 in the Keith House.  Look for articles about the readers in your local news paper.   The  week of November 23rd and 30th. The NCWN West (Netwest) Poetry Critique will meet at Tri-County Community College in Murphy, North Carolina, Thursday, December 3rd. at 7:00 P.M.   For more information contact Janice Moore: 828-389-6394.  We invite visitors to come and observe.  The Board of Directors of the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition will meet at the Blue Mountain Coffee & Grill in Peachtree on Thursday, November 12, at 6:30 pm. Agendas and meeting summaries are now available on our web site: The HRWC office is located at 1853 NC Hwy 141 in the Peachtree Community of Murphy, NC and is open MondayThursday, 8:30-4:30. Call HRWC at (828) 8375414, toll-free (877) 863-7388 or email info@ for more information.

Self Defense

A Self-Awareness, Self-Defense workshop will be held at the office of One Dozen Who Care, Inc. (ODWC) on Thursday, November 12, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The office is located at 65 Wilson Street, Suite 6, Andrews, between Dollar General and PJs Pizza. Judith Alvarado of Hayesville is the instructor.

This Self-Defense workshop empowers participants by providing knowledge, and teaching techniques, to deter assault. This is not Martial Arts; basic concepts and skills are provided to help develop self-protection strategies, skills that you continue to build upon. Come prepared to learn that you have the ability, and the equipment to defend yourself. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Space is limited; please call 828-321-2273, or 828-361-1941 to reserve your space for this important workshop. If you leave a message with your phone number you will receive a call-back. Registration fee is $5.

Computer Club

COMPUTER CLUB TO MEET TUESDAY NOV 10TH The Mountain Computer User Group Will meets in November on TUESDAY at 7 PM in the Goolsby Center, Young Harris College. Please note this is a change from our normal meeting date. At this time we will be presenting a program on all the new technologies that you can expect to get for Christmas. Come join us as we travel into the land of new technology. You might just get a glimpse of what Santa has in store for you at Christmas this year. Don’t forget we are meeting on Tuesday, November 10th. at 7 PM and not on Monday as we normally do.

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the ROCK regional sports academy is offering some awesome December Camp  opportunities  for both  Baseball and Tennis. Instruction is top quality  from our professional, college level coaches. No big travel plans needed to learn from some of the best in the coaching field ~ right in your own backyard!  Baseball offers Senior Elite, Junior Elite and  FUNdamental camps.  Tennis offers both Junior Elite and FUNdamental camps.  We also offer year round baseball, tennis & soccer lessons. These are  available for individuals, small groups or a team. The individualized instruction you receive through lessons is tailored to your needs. The lesson experience will Amaze you!  Call for more information @706897-2363 or  check out all the details on our website @

Blacksmith Auction

Blacksmith Auction: A Benefit for the John C. Campbell Folk School Saturday, November 7, 1-4 p.m. Art preview & Silent Auction from 1-2 p.m. Live Auction from 2-4 p.m. Our annual Blacksmith Auction presents some of the finest artist blacksmith and other fine craft items for sale. Proceeds benefit the

Recurring Events 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 Brother’s Restaurant on Hwy 64 in Murphy, NC. We invite all those interested in pure bred dogs and canine activities to attend. Call President Kit Miracle @ 706 492 5253 or Peggy Moorman @ 828 835 1082 for details.

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

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

Chapter J of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) meets the fourth Saturday of each month at Daniel’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 Partners’ 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@

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., PJ’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


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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 or visit

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.

Alzheimer’s Support

Alzheimer’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

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. William’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 “Take Off Pounds Sensibly” 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 321-

craft programs at the Folk School. Featuring one-of-a-kind handcrafted items, including pottery, ironwork, basketry, wood items, dolls, paintings, weavings, rugs, jewelry, furniture, and more. Free admission Keith House, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC Call 1-800-FOLK-SCH or 828-837-2775 for more information or visit

Veterans Day

The Murphy High School Chorus, the Murphy Middle School Chorus, the Murphy High School Journalism Department, and the Murphy High School Art Department will sponsor a Veterans Day Celebration on Thursday, November 5 in the Murphy Middle School gymnasium at 8:30AM, then again at 9:30AM. All veterans are invited to attend.

Veterans Day BBQ

Townson_Rose, LLC Funeral Home proudly invites ALL VETERANS and Public servants to the Annual Barbeque Dinner, Wednesday, November 11th at the National Guard Armory, Hwy 19/129/74, Murphy, NC . We will begin serving immediately following the Veterans Day Ceremony on the Square in Murphy . Serving until 2 p.m. and again from 4 -6 p.m.. Our expanded facility in Hayesville will provide TAKE OUT dinners from 4-6 p.m.

Luncheon will be catered by Shoebooties. November 2, noon. Participants are encouraged to honor reservations with payment if plans must change after that time.  All women are encouraged to be a part of TCWC (affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries).  Complimentary childcare will be available.  

Marine Corps Birthday

The Marine Corps Birthday Ball will be held on Saturday, November 14th, at 6pm at McGuire’s Millrace Farm in Peachtree. Everyone is invited to attend this formal/semiformal event.  Great food, live band, guest speaker. Tickets are $40 and are available by calling 361-5387 or by emailing No tickets will be sold after November 6th.

Scrapbooking Workshop

One Dozen Who Care, Inc. (ODWC) will offer

a scrapbooking/gift idea workshop on Thursday, November 5, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Creative Memories consultant, Brenda Bryan, will bring supplies, ideas, and walk you through the process to create a special and simple gift.

Grocery Bingo

GROCERY BINGO Friday, 10/30/09 at 7 pm at the Bellview Community Center. Door prizes, pot luck dinner, raffles, all to benefit Bellview Volunteer Fire Dept. All welcome. Info at (828) 837-0214 or 835-3844.BINGO

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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. Our next meeting is to be held  November 3rd and will  begin with a  special technical session on the Jambory Of The Air (JOTA) with Troup 101 Boy Scouts. For more information about joining the Club or becoming a HAM, call Don Deyton at 706781-6665. Amateur license testing will be held on  November 7th Blairsville at 310 Welborn Street, Blairsville, GA. Contact Bob Ochs at 706-838-4728 for more information. Walk-ins are welcome. Submitted by George Danner AI4VZ 706-745-7475

Clogging Classes

John C. Campbell Folk School Cloggers New class for beginners will start Monday, November 2 at 4:45pm. Class meets at the “Open House” near the garden at the Folk School in Brasstown NC For information: 828 837 8090

Christmas Crafts Luncheon

Plan to join Tri-County Women’s Connection (TCWC) on Thursday November 5th to get a jump start on Christmas decorations. Skilled craftsperson, Renata “Ronney” Craig of Andrews, will instruct each lady in making a “candle in wreath” bead ornament for her home.  The monthly luncheon meeting will take place as usual in the fellowship hall of Murphy’s First Baptist Church at noon at a cost of $10.50 which includes lunch and all activities. 3040 or 321-1422 for more information.

Divorce Care Seminar

Divorce Care Seminar. Divorce Care, a 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 and Spinning Lessons: “From How to Knit to Knitting Design”, Monday mornings 10 a.m. to noon and Monday evenings 7-9 p.m. “Spinning Saturdays”, 9 a.m. to noon, once a month. Call Martha at Yarn Circle, 835-4592 for details.

Quilting Classes

Quilting Classes In Nonnie’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

What do you know about the artists living in our community? The Clay County Historical and Arts Council is sponsoring an Autumn Arts Expo to celebrate the talents of the varied artists in our area. On exhibit and also for sale will be the works of area potters, jewelers, basket weavers, painters, blacksmiths, writers, musicians, card makers, quilters, and other fine craft items. Come and mingle with the artists and learn about their craft. Find oneof-a-kind gifts for the special people in your life. Enjoy the music of members of Irons in the Fire, story telling by local authors, theatre readings by the Licklog Players. This event will be held in the Fellowship Hall of Truett Memorial Baptist Church on Saturday November 7th from 10 to 4pm. This event is partially supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, and by the Clay County Historical and Arts Council. Area artists are invited to participate in this event as members of the CCHAC. 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 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 838-389-9271 for more info.

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

Intermediate Bridge Intermediate Bridge is being played 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.

Cherokee counties’ sick and needy. Helpers are welcome.

Fellowship Weekly Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International meets at 6 p.m. every Monday at Daniels in Hiawassee, Ga. Call (828) 3890140.

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

Mountain Hikers Mountain High Hikers schedule two hikes each Tuesday, occasionally specialty hikes, and regular trail maintaining tripsall in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina and Georgia. Check the web site: 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 veterans’ consultant, Mike Casey, will be at the Job Link Office on the second Tuesday and the fourth Wednesday of each month. Call (828) 837-7407 of the Social Service Office in Hayesville at 389-6301.

Granny’s Attic

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

Oil Painting Classes

REACH Thrift Store

Helping Hands meet

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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 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

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.



1997 Nissan XE pickup 4×4, 5 speed, 2.4 liter, 4 cylinder. Motor rebuilt 11,000 miles ago. New clutch, new tires, tool box, CD player. 127,000 on running gears. $3,700. Call 828-7351897 for more information. GREAT! Automatic, white, power locks, power windows, leather seats, tinted windows. Great gas mileage. Well maintained car. Asking below Kelly Blue Book. Asking $5000, OBO. 706-299-1614 or 706-299-1431 leave message.

200-Employment CNA available excellent references. Will work Sundays. 706-896-5794

300-Services CNA’s needed for Cherokee and Clay County. Please call Helen @ (828) 835-8147 Drywall or Plastering, We can make these worry free with our Guarantee. All types of textures, repairs, remodels, new construction. Free estimates and references. 706-745-7768 or 239560-4560 CLASSIC TRANSPORTATION OF THE TRI-STATE 706-633-3668 AIRPORTS/MEDICAL/SITE SEEING/WINERIES Lincoln Town Car $10 OFF Fall Special! Will baby sit your child or children: Any age. Reasonable rates.References available. Call 706-299-1614 Horse back riding lessons for kids. Horses are calm and well behaved. Given by an experienced rider. Interested? Call for more information or rates. 706-299-1614. A&R Landscape Residential, and commercial lawn care. Plant, turf and grassing, lot clean up, mulching and retaining walls. 706-994-2457. Massage Therapy- in the comfort of your home. Licensed and insured. 18 years experience, call Gerri; 1 hour $40; Half hour $25; 706-896-6108. Walker Storage Corner of Old Highway 64 West and West Cherry Road. Concrete block Construction 828389-4926 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. # Tile installer your tile or mine, 26 years experience have references and liability insurance. Ask for Don at 828389-9394 # Bush hogging, Stump-grinding, gardens plowed, gravel-roads/driveways scraped, post-holes dug, sickle mowing. Free estimates, reasonable rates, dependable service. (828) 8377809 Cell: (828) 361-8738 #

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

600-Wanted WANTED – Small to med. poplar trees. Also used boards, 2 by’s, roofing tin. Musician/singer: for gospel duet country/bluegrass style. Must play instrument, sing low key, lead, prefer song writing ability, non-professional. Must be serious, male/female. Send demo info: Music, PO Box 1883, Blairsville, GA 30514. Looking for bumper-pull horse trailer in good shape. Nothing too pricey. If you have one for sale or you want to get rid of call 706-299-1614. Wanted: Old Pinball machines, electro-mechanical, . Call 828-3896459


1000 - Rentals

Labradoodle Puppies- 3rd Generation, lovable, intelligent, low to no shedding, low allergy and no doggy odor. Call Pat @ 706-896-3849 Missing Dog- Chocolate Lab with white spot on chest, name is BEAR. Lost on Highway 64 East, near Walker Point Rd. REWARD!!!! Please call if found: 828-371-2550 or 828-3613642 Missing: 2 English Mastiffs off of Yellow Creek Road in Robbinsville. One is a black brindle male goes by the name Titan the other is a female apricot with black stripes goes by Lola. Very loving animals and missed terribly. If found please call 828-4796905 Black Angus. Appalachian GrownAll natural farm raised USDA Inspected, processed and packaged by the quarter. Heifers and cows bred with quality genetics for sale. Walnut Hollow Ranch, Hayesville, 828-389-8931 Professional dog Training, Boarding & Grooming, 1-4 week courses available, training service guaranteed, references abundant, GSD breeders. Located in Mineral Bluff, GA visit (706)374-9021 #

2BR/2BA Cabin near golf course in Martin Creek area.Unfurnished. Very nice.$600. per month. Call 828.360.4630. Fall Special -Southern Living Apartments, 3346 Highway 64 East, Hayesville, N.C. 28904 828-389-1545 Southern Living Apartments is offering 2 Bed/1 Bath for $495.00. All appliances are furnished along with free water/ sewage and trash disposal. We offer a furnished apartment for only $695.00 a month. 2 Br- 2 Bath Lakeview on Highway 175 $500 a month . 828-524-0514 or 828-507-1617 2 BRM, 1 bath Trailer . Furnished or unfurnished. Very Nice, very clean in Warne, NC, off Ford Road. Includes water, sewer and grass cutting. $500 month. 706-896-6634 3 BR 1 1/2 BA mobile home – not in a trailer park. $300 a month. (828) 837-6222. # 5br/3ba Upscale home 2 car garage 1.71 acres near Young Harris College. $1200 per month/deposit plus utilities or for sale $399,000. Call 706-8966208. 3br/2ba 2 car attached garage close to Young Harris College. Beautiful & private; $900 month/deposit, plus utilities; 706-897-3730. Nothing else like it in Towns County. 2 unrestricted lots for sale or lease. Utilities, beautiful landscaping & drive-ways already done by owner. All you have to do is place your RV, park model, or home on lot. 706-2074159. 2BDRM/2BA mobile, CHA, completely furnished on pond, 55+ community. Year round Mtn. views, decks, carport, many extras. $49,500. 706896-8363 or 706-897-0311. Young Harris rentals available Mountain Realty 706-379-3115 STORAGE Rentals SELF STORAGE RENTAL NEAR PAT COLWELL ROAD, 10’ X 10’ AT $30.00 AND 10’ X 20’ AT $500.00 PER MONTH. 706-994-2935

900 - Real Estate BUILD YOUR DREAM ESTATE! Private – Gated – Long Range Views. Surveyed 36.79 Acres with Long Black Ankle Creek Frontage,Mature Timber, Pasture & Under-brushed . Deer – Turkey – Bear.Was $1 Million Now $750,000 Some Owner Financing! Owner/Broker MLS#188990 United Country John E. Foster Realty 706374-6387 3 Cabins, must see- reduced! In gated communities.Starting at $199,000, Call 706-896-2353. Must sell! Hiawassee, Ga. 2 adjoining lots, long range, year round mountain views. Well established neighborhood; $36,500 each; 706-781-5274. Lots within a gated community. Reduced. Highest elevation in Towns County. Call 706-896-2353. stop THE CAR HONEY! $319,000 short sale Make offer- in town- lake view, lake access & mountain views. 4br/4ba, oversize 2 car garage, complete apartment downstairs. Many, many extras. Almost new. Excellent condition. Must sell. Beautifully furnished by designer. Owner must sell furniture and furnishings at fraction of cost. Charlotte Ledford Realtor; 706-781-7028

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Job Announcement PTR CNA/Clerk(wk-end days) & PTI RN Float

The Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority has the above position available. Anyone interested should pick up an application and position description from Arlenea Chapa or Teresa Carvalho at the Cherokee Indian Hospital Human Resources Office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. This position will close November 6, 2009. Indian preference does apply and a current job application must be submitted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of CIHA application.

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Experienced C.N.A.s PTA (Licensed Position)—Full Time for 12 hour shifts Nursing Home Activity R.N. Director or L.P. N. MDS Experience Time LPN – Nursing Home – PRN StaffDesired—Full Member 12 hour shifts Experience with Medicare Dietary Aide - Full time at applications nursing home Accepting Nursing Home—Part Time for C.N.A. Class (Date for class not finalized)

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COMMUNITY Blog: garden the way their daddy told them to and can food like their granny told them to.” With her blog, Pressley has created a space to celebrate the rich culture of southern Appalachia. Rather than building a static website, she has worked to develop an interactive online forum. “Blogs provide instant


me know. It seems one lady called him up and reminded him of telling her that. She said, “My cat’s under the house, can you get it out for me?” The mayor went down to her house, where she told him, “My cat’s under the floor, and I think its dead.” Mayor Hughes crawled under the floor, and sure enough there was the dead cat. He pulled it out put it in a bag to take away and dusted himself off. Then she told him, “Honey, I voted


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gratification,” said Pressley. “When I post an article, people write back. The readers comment and ask questions. It’s a conversation online.” The subscriber base has grown and continues to do so. Readership spans from Oregon to England, across the United States to Australia, and from small country towns to large cities. “Many of my readers live where they can’t hear the chickens, see the cows, or have a garden.” Not everyone has access to land to grow a garden or facilities to preserve food but they often fondly remember someone who once

did. About an article on bleaching apples, a lady commented, “I’ve not thought of that since I was a tiny girl.” In addition Pressley has written about sleepy summer days, mountain traditions, Appalachian sayings, and even resurrected letters written during the Civil War. “It is gratifying how many people long for it,” said Pressley who has received letters from people who once lived in Appalachia, who are traveling far from home, or may simply be pleased to have remembered something about their heritage.

for Ralph Rayfield, but next time, I’m voting for you.” This election, which takes place after the Sentinel goes to press, finds the mayor unopposed. Mayor Hughes told the board that there is some hope in getting funds to help solve the water problem for MGM Brakes. He said the problem has been presented to several sources including the Golden Leaf Foundation; the Governor’s office; the federal government through Congressman Shuler’s office; and through the North Carolina Secretary of Commerce’s office.

In other matters, the council voted to close a public alley that has never been opened. Councilman Dickey abstained from the vote saying that he had a conflict of interest in that it involved property belonging to his parents, who he was assisting. Sandy Zimmerman, representing Congressman Heath Shuler, presented the council with a framed proclamation that had been read on the House floor of the U.S. Capitol by Congressman Shuler commending Cherokee County and the Town of Murphy for their support in bringing the Moving Vietnam Wall to town.

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Sandy Zimmerman presents Murphy Town Council with a copy of a presentation made on the US house floor by Congressman Heath Shuler which commends the town and Cherokee County for its support in bringing the Vietnam Moving Wall to Murphy.

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Songs, pictures, or stories about oceans, weather,whales etc.,can help invigorate these topics and help students retain facts and terminology. Poetry is often expressed in both art and music. One of the great strengths of the arts is their ability to reach inside us and arouse our creativity. It is important that educators expose students to the connections between music and art and other academic subjects “. ( Young) The author expresses his deep compassion for art programs by explaining how America’s government has forgotten the underlying effects for students. Just because school budgets are being constantly tightened does not mean that the arts has to go first. Art is defined as the process of arranging elements in a way that appeals to the senses or emotions. Benefits of art can range from many effects. Tamara Henery explains these effects in her article,” Arts Education has an academic effect,” “School children exposed to drama, music, and dance may do a better job at mastering reading, writing, and math than those who focus solely on academics, says a report by the Arts Education Partnership. The report is based on an of 62 studies of various categories of art-ranging from dance, drama, music and visual arts by nearly 100 researchers. Its the first to combine all the arts and make comparisons with academic achievement performance on the standardized compare tests, improvements in social skills and student motivation. While education in the arts is no magic bullet for what ails many schools, the arts warrant a place in the curriculum because of their intimate ties to most everything we want for our children and schools. The report took two years to produce, with funding from the National Endowments for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education” ( Henery)The benefits shown throughout this article have endless possibilities with types of art including dance, drama, and music. “The Arts Education Partnership, arguing for the importance of arts in schools says various art forms benefit in different ways: Music improves math achievement and proficiency in reading and cognitive development; Boosts SR verbal scores and skills for second-language learners. Dance helps with creative thinking, originality, elaboration and flexibility; improves expressive skills, social tolerance, self confidence and persistence,” ( Henery). Henery’s article reflects on the importance of keeping art in schools. The benefits explained throughout the article show the effectiveness of different art programs and how powerful they can be on students. Arts encompasses a diverse range of human activities, creations, and modes of expression, including music, literature, film and painting. It opens the door to minds so ideas and feelings can overflow into constructive decisions that shape the youth of America. Some researchers oppose art though, and state that there is not a need for art in the schools. An example of these opposing thoughts can be shown in Robin Pogrebin’s article, “ Book Tackles Old Debate: Role of Art in Schools.” “ When tow researchers published a study a few years ago concluding that art classes do not improve students overall academic performance, the backlash was bitter. Some scholars argued that the 2000 study’s authors, Ellen Winner and Lois Hetlnd of Project Zero and arts education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education- had failed to mention some beneficial effects of art classes that their research had revealed. Other cited findings that reached the opposite conclusion, indicating that students who take high quality art classes indeed do better in other courses. Some even accused the

authors of devaluing arts education and the arts in general. In their view art education should be championed for its own sake, not because of a wishful sentiment that classes in painting, dance and music improve pupils math and reading skills and standardized test scores.” ( Pogrenbin) In her article, “ Arts can lead to a lifetime of learning,: Shana Adams introduces a concept of the learning connections of art to subjects with the reactions of both teachers and students. “ Imagine for a moment that you are in the fifth grade, learning fractions. If you were not a math whiz back then , you may have wondered “ When am I ever going to get this?” Your teacher then announces that your class is going to learn how to dance fractions. You and your classmates are divided into groups of four and in a circle through various movements your group begins to demonstrate the concepts of a whole, half and so on. Suddenly you realize that you actually understand fractions! This is one of many examples of how using the arts to teach and support core curriculum enables students to become active participants in the learning process.( Adams) Adams shows how much fun it can be to learn with lessons like the one described above., but what are the benefits for both teachers and students? “ Learning through the arts ensures that all types of learners have the chance to comprehend math, science, and the world around them in meaningful ways stretching beyond traditional lectures and textbooks. Arts integration is an essential, fun, and rewarding way to transform classrooms. As teachers embrace innovative ways to educate students through the arts they often seek relationships and collaborations with teachers across subject areas, artists and with cultural organizations. “ ( Adams) There are numerous studies proving arts’ powerful effects on students, one specific study being found in an article titled, “ The Arts Make a Difference at SPECTRA+, Hamilton, OH”. Written by Jackie Quay, this intense article shows how some towns in America are making the best of art programs in schools. “ Is there such a thing as kids who actually want to go to school on snow days?. At Adams Elementary in Hamilton, Ohio, there are parents and teachers who will proudly tell you this strange devotion to their school really exists. The credit, they believe, goes to a beloved program, SPECTRA, whose guiding principle is reaching the whole child with an arts-rich curriculum. The program integrates arts instruction across the disciplines at every grade level. Children at Adams experience the arts as part of each of their core subjects- math, science, language arts, and social studies. They also participate in a class in each of four art disciplinesvisual arts, music,dance and and drama- every week, taught by a certified art instructor. Teachers work together on lesson plans so concepts learned in both arts and non-arts classes are coordinated and reinforce each other. SPECTRA + brings the fine arts into the curriculum and the curriculum into the arts “ (Quay) “ One of the values of integrating art into the curriculum is it gives children multiple opportunities to learn a concept, “ says Jackie Quay, who administers SPECTRA+ for the Fitton Center. In other words, if children aren’t;t learning a concept through one experience, they’ll learn it through another. Children have a better chance to “get” a concept if they’re learning it from multiple sources. Kids at Adams do not just learn to tell time, for example, by hearing a description of an abstract concept and watching the teacher move the arrows on a cardboard display. They are taught a dance where they become a clock, with their movements hanging to reflect the changing hours, They become time. SPECTRA+ also gives us a chance

to apply the concept of multiple intelligences. say Quay. “ Kids are smart in different ways. Some kids read and write well, other kids do better showing you what they know through their hands. The program gives a child more options to express what they know, and it gives teacher other ways to know if a child understands what’s being taught.”( Quay) “This program gives kids the chance to watch and interact with artists of all types; including visual artists, folk and traditional artists, authors, puppeteers, quilters, musicians, and composers. Residencies of one to three weeks are tied to teaching units in any core subjects. “ If the kids are studying short stories in language arts,: says Leist, “ we’d invite an illustrator to show how pictures can work with words,” At another SPECTRA+ school in Hamilton, a media artist demonstrated the creative and technical aspects of a video production, a tie-in for a language arts segment. Kids learned how a story is created, made clay animation figure, and learned special-effects features such as how to show the passage of time. The word pride comes up frequently in conversations about SPECTRA+ - school pride, professional pride student pride, and parent pride. “ (Quay) Most all of these examples support the fact that arts programs need to remain in American school systems. The importance of art opening the minds of modern day students must continue with future children in the U.S. If art programs are cut then Americans will no longer be able to grasp creative spirits and flourish intellectually. Arts helps people grow, see, and feel things they ahve never imagined. Arts can take people places the mind cannot even comprehend. Art must stay alive.

of their yield to the county food bank. Alan Williams of the Sheriff’s Department was thanked for having plowed the garden. A Sweet Potato Day is planned for Nov 12 as a final wind down of this year’s garden. Plans are also underway to continue the garden next year. The commissioners gave their approval for use of the land. Grants are being sought after to provide funding

for a walk-in- cooler. Wood said some of the gardeners were looking at ways next year to possibly market the produce they grow. In other matters, the board of commissioners approved a resolution for the abandonment and blockage of a section of state road 1547, also known as Clayton Road, near the intersection of old US 64, from the state maintained road system. All property owners adjacent to the section of the road had agreed to its closure. The board also approved an amended change to a previously passed Water/

Sewer project, designating McGill & Associates as the most qualified firm determined from a composite grading score. It approved a revision to a JCPC budget, which added on approximately $20,000 that had provided by state funds that previously had not been expected. The board also approved two budget amendments for the use of $2,000 in drug taxes to be used by the Sheriff’s Department for the purchase of two FEMA trailer, as well as the use of designated Sales Taxes for school capital outlay.