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Wednesday December 2, 2009

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Self help house building alive at Wesley Meadows with government and community assistance

Legislative update provides information on Medical Coverage for the elderly

Last week, the House of Representatives passed legislation that will ensure that all patients, particularly seniors, have physician choice and access to high quality healthcare. Medicare reimbursement rates for physicians are based on a sustainable growth rate (SGR) payment schedule.  Each year, doctors have faced the possibility of those payments being lowered, but Congress has repeatedly delayed lowering reimbursement rates so as not to discourage physicians from treating Medicare patients. In January of 2010, the reimbursement rates were set to be cut by 21 percent.  The 21 percent cut would have affected the ability of many physicians to serve patients on Medicare.  The Medicare Physician Payment Act of 2009 will ensure for the next ten years that Medicare payments to doctors are not cut.    H.R. 3961, or the “doc-fix,” adjusted the current SGR funding formula to provide a more stable system for doctors and Medicare patients for the next decade.  The bill also offers incentives for primary doctors, specialist, and hospitals to work together to curtail costs.   Attached to H.R. 3961 was a provision for PAYGO, a requirement that future mandatory spending legislation be budget-neutral.  Requiring the House to abide by “pay-as-you-go” principles will bring increased fiscal discipline to the federal government, and will help our nation control our enormous deficit.  I firmly believe that the government needs to operation within its budget, just like U.S. families and businesses. The Blue Dog Coalition, which I help lead, has long promoted PAYGO as the best means to restore economic responsibility and accountability to the federal government. 

Desiree Reynolds / Sentinel Photo

(Left) The six self-help families that will be building new homes accept the check that will make it all possible. (Right) Pat Bryson of Murphy breaks the ground to start off the building of her new home while Betty Thompson, of the USDA offices in Murphy looks on.

By: Frank Bradley


Sentinel Writer

Still time to take advantage of the homebuyer tax credit

At a time when a record number of families across the country are losing their homes, six families in western North Carolina have broken ground to build a home of their own by helping each other. They also are getting help from the government, the community and the Hinton Rural Life Center.


Children “In Safe Hands”

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housing project called them “our pioneer home owners. We learned from them,” he said. Pam Bryson, a mother of six children, a grandmother of seven and a great-grandmother, will be starting work on her new house, which is now nothing more than an empty lot. “I’ve never owned a home before,” she said. “This is exciting.” Bryson, who lives in Murphy, said

she learned about the project from a friend of hers whose brother lives at Wesley Meadows, and who had participated in the development’s second phase. “Initiallly, I was reluctant to apply for this program because I didn’t think I would be eligible,” she said. “But finally I applied and they helped me through the steps to be qualified.” See HOUSING Page 5A

I-40 rock slide update Trim blasting on cliff delayed due to rain, hope to resume Today

Workers from subcontractor Janod Construction today were unable to do any trim blasting at the top of a rock cliff overhang above the slope due to rainy weather. Blasting will resume on Tuesday, weather permitting. Trim blasting is used to trim off overhanging rock structures. The results of the blasting will determine the next course of action as crews work to clear and stabilize the area where the slide took place.  Contractor Phillips & Jordan continued hauling debris from the bottom of the slope and moved material to make room for more boulders to land after they are blasted down the slope.   So far, crews have removed approximately 25,000 cubic yards of material – or about 50,000 tons – from the site to a nearby U.S. Forest Service site east on Interstate 40.This equates to about 100 million pounds or 2,500 full cement trucks.The Forest Service and the N.C. Department of Transportation will use the material for future road repair.

The last blast took place on Friday with State Transportation Secretary Gene Conti on site to push the detonator. The tentative plan is to remove the entire rock formation of the “cliff ” nearest the highway. This slab is about 40 feet thick, 80 feet tall, about 120 feet long and weighs more than 25,000 tons.  The project will take several months to complete.   Travelers can still reach Western North Carolina via I-40 from the east and I-26 to the north and south. Exits 20 and 27 on I-40 provide access to popular destinations west of Asheville. In Tennessee, exits 432 through 451 provide access to popular destinations in southeastern Tennessee.  The detour route is 53 miles longer and is an additional 45 minutes to an hour driving time. Motorists traveling on I-40 West should take Exit 53B (I-240 West) in Asheville and follow I-240 West to Exit 4A (I-26 West). Follow I-26 West (a North Caro-

lina Scenic Highway) to I-81 South in Tennessee. Take I-81 South and follow it back to I-40 at mile marker 421. Eastbound motorists should use the reverse directions. Additionally, travelers cannot take U.S. 64 from North Carolina into Tennessee due to a rockslide that blocked the highway near the Ocoee 2 Dam in Polk County, Tenn., about eight miles west of North Carolina. U.S. 64 will be closed for several months. Motorists are advised to take U.S. 74 to Tennessee 68 North at Ducktown through McMinn County, then onto I-75 at Sweetwater in Monroe County.   NCDOT reminds motorists to stay alert, follow instructions on the message boards on the highways, obey the posted speed limit, leave early and travel at non-peak times when possible. Plan ahead before driving by visiting the NCDOT Traveler Information Management System Web site at or calling 511, the state’s free travel information

line, for current travel conditions. NCDOT also provides alerts about traffic congestion, construction work and changes to the ferry schedule on Twitter. To access them, visit   For daily rockslide updates, please visit the N.C. Department of Transportation Web site and click on the I-40 rockslide daily news and information section. Interviews and on-site requests should go through the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 733-2522.

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On Tuesday, a ground breaking was held at Wesley Meadows, a housing development in Warne where already a dozen families are living in homes they helped build. They too were enabled to get home ownership through governmental grants, volunteer labor and pitching in to do a lot of the work for themselves. Some of these homeowners were at Tuesday’s groundbreaking. Charles Lee Penland, who oversees the








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Federal funds for local First Responders Last week, the House passed the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants program, H.R. 3791. The bill authorizes $1 billion a year through 2014 to continue a grants program established in 2000 for local fire departments and emergency medical services organizations.  The grants are designed to give fire departments and EMS organizations that lack resources the ability to purchase the equipment they need to guard the health and safety of those they serve.   The bill also authorizes $1.2 billion a year through 2014 for the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response program, which offers grants to local first responders for hiring and retaining employees.  The program was created to improve the ability of volunteer and career fire departments and EMS organizations to have first-responders available 24-hours a day, thereby assuring that local communities have ample protection from fires and emergencies. 

FHA agrees to provide I-40 Reimbursement On Friday, the Federal Highway Administration approved the request for federal emergency relief funds to reimburse North Carolina for the costs incurred by the repair of Interstate 40 following the massive rock slide in late October. Last month, Heath Shuler sent a letter with Congressman Phil Roe, R-TN, asking the FHA to approve the use emergency relief funds for clean-up of I-40. The FHA’s emergency relief program reimburses states and local governments for the cost of fixing damage caused by floods, tornados, landslides and other natural disasters.

Fiji Marks World AIDS Day

Along with the rest of the world, businesses in Fiji and the private sector came together in the capital of Suva today to commemorate World AIDS Day. With the theme “Universal Access,” the Fiji Police Force band led a march along the streets of Suva. Those who participated in the event included officials from the Health Ministry, UNAIDS, UNICEF, peer educators, HIV advocates and nongovernment organizations. Chief guest at the occasion which culminated at Sukuna Park was the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, who said that women were more vulnerable to contract the disease. Staff at the Westpac Bank in Suva wore red to mark the occasion, while Australia New Zealand (ANZ) Bank staff wore red ribbons on their uniforms. A total of 303 people in Fiji are confirmed with HIV. The worldwide remembrance day was an opportunity for all to create awareness on the deadly disease.

Bridges to the Other Side Ron Salzer, President of Bridges To The Other Side, Inc. in Hayesville, NC was recently filmed for a half hour TV special program titled “Art In The Mountains.” The show will be aired Friday, Saturday and Monday, December 4, 5 and 7, at 9:00 am and again at 2:00 and 8:00 pm each day on your local Windstream Cable network, channel 4. This special program, showing the Bridges, Sculpture and Architectural Ironwork of Ron Salzer will be available in Clay, Cherokee, Towns, White and Habersham Counties. For further information go to or to obtain your own DVD of the program contact Appalachian Gallery at 706379-3807.

H1N1 Vaccine Clinic Cherokee County Health Department will be offering: • Inactivated shots for ages 6 months and up • Live preservative-free nasal spray for ages 2-49 who meet criteria FREE OF CHARGE Thursday December 3rd 8am-12pm and 1pm-4:30pm Friday December 4th 8am-12pm and 1pm-4:30pm

WHILE SUPPLIES LAST The priority groups for the H1N1 vaccine per CDC guidelines are: • Pregnant women • Household contacts and caretakers of infants under 6 months • Healthcare and emergency medical services workers • Young people between 6 months and 24 years of age • Non-elderly adults (25-64 years of age) with underlying risk conditions such as diabetes and chronic lung disease.

Cherokee County Health Department will be targeting the priority groups for this vaccine, however, NO ONE WILL bE TURNED AWAy.

There will be no other services available during clinic hours.


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Art in Life: Medalist in our Midst Loye Merwin makes award winning custom designed jewelry

Congratulations to silver arts gold medalist, Loye Merwin, longtime Hayesville resident, who creates custom jewelry and gifts in her studio and shop, Baubles, Bangles & Beads in Hayesville. Loye chose jewelry making and had studied, lapidary arts in particular, for a number of years prior to opening Baubles, Bangle & Beads three years ago. This year, Loye won 2009 Gold Medal in North Carolina Silver Arts. (For those of us who didn’t know, silver arts division includes jewelry, theatre and painting.) Loye, her husband and children lived in many countries before her husband’s retirement from the U.S. State Department, when they chose to settle in Hayesville. Perhaps the seeds of Loye’s keen interest in jewelry design were planted during a residency in Bolivia, South America, where she and her husband found many stones.

They would take their found stones to be polished and uniquely set. Loye had the experience of a personal jeweler in South America. After choosing Hayesville, she began studying in earnest. In Baubles, Bangles & Beads you will discover her handmade custom jewelry creations. Loye’s customers take top priority. Loye also believes in working hard to keep her customers’ costs down. Merwin’s custom jewelry design is known and sought after by Hayesville residents and shoppers from other areas, who know her workmanship. Recently, a Hayesville bride-to-be asked Loye to design all her wedding jewelry, which included the bride’s, the mother-of-the-bride’s, seven bridesmaids. All to be done up in gold and Swarovski crystals. The bride matched the bridesmaid dresses to the completed jewelry sets. The bride also gave the necklace and earring sets to the bridesmaids, therefore, the jewelry purchase See ART Page 8A

A new law that went into effect Nov. 6 extends the first-time homebuyer credit five months and expands the eligibility requirements for purchasers. The Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 extends the deadline for qualifying home purchases from Nov. 30, 2009, to April 30, 2010. Additionally, if a buyer enters into a binding contract by April 30, 2010, the buyer has until June 30, 2010, to settle on the purchase. The maximum credit amount remains at $8,000 for a first-time homebuyer –– that is, a buyer who has not owned a primary residence during the three years up to the date of purchase. But the new law also provides a “long-time resident” credit of up to $6,500 to others who do not qualify as “first-time homebuyers.” To qualify this way, a buyer must have owned and used the same home as a principal or primary residence for at least five con-

secutive years of the eight-year period ending on the date of purchase of a new home as a primary residence. For all qualifying purchases in 2010, taxpayers have the option of claiming the credit on either their 2009 or 2010 tax returns. A new version of Form 5405, FirstTime Homebuyer Credit, will be available in the next few weeks. A taxpayer who purchases a home after Nov. 6 must use this new version of the form to claim the credit. Likewise, taxpayers claiming the credit on their 2009 returns, no matter when the house was purchased, must also use the new version of Form 5405. Taxpayers who claim the credit on their 2009 tax return will not be able to file electronically but instead will need to file a paper return. A taxpayer who purchased a home on or before Nov. 6 and chooses to claim the credit on an original or

By: Ann B. Doran Sentinel Writer

Ann B. Doran/ Sentinel Photo Loye Merwin hard at work making custom Jewelry in her store Baubles, Banlges, & Beads.

Homebuyer tax credit extended amended 2008 return may continue to use the current version of Form 5405. Income Limits Rise The new law raises the income limits for people who purchase homes after Nov. 6.The full credit will be available to taxpayers with modified adjusted gross incomes (MAGI) up to $125,000, or $225,000 for joint filers. Those with MAGI between $125,000 and $145,000, or $225,000 and $245,000 for joint filers, are eligible for a reduced credit. Those with higher incomes do not qualify. For homes purchased prior to Nov. 7, 2009, existing MAGI limits remain in place. The full credit is available to taxpayers with MAGI up to $75,000, or $150,000 for joint filers. Those with MAGI between $75,000 and $95,000, or $150,000 and $170,000 for joint filers, are eligible for a reduced credit. Those with higher incomes do not qualify.

New Requirements Several new restrictions on purchases that occur after Nov. 6 go into effect with the new law: Dependents are not eligible to claim the credit. No credit is available if the purchase price of a home is more than $800,000. A purchaser must be at least 18 years of age on the date of purchase. For Members of the Military Members of the Armed Forces and certain federal employees serving outside the U.S. have an extra year to buy a principal residence in the U.S. and still qualify for the credit. An eligible taxpayer must buy or enter into a binding contract to buy a home by April 30, 2011, and settle on the purchase by June 30, 2011. For more details on the credit, visit the First-Time Homebuyer Credit page on

NC partners with Microsoft Partnership to provide free job training - Microsoft to make free technology training available to thousands of North Carolinians

Gov. Bev Perdue today announced that North Carolina will join forces with Microsoft in an innovative, public-private partnership to provide free technology training to individuals across the state. The Governor joined Gail Thomas Flynn, Microsoft’s Vice President of State and Local Government, at the Harris Campus of Central Piedmont Community College to applaud the unique partnership titled “Microsoft Elevate America.” “This partnership will provide North Carolinians with another opportunity to retrain for today’s new economy,” Gov. Perdue said. “At a time when businesses are seeking a highly qualified, well trained workforce, Elevate America can provide potential employees with new skills to succeed.” Microsoft is partnering with the North Carolina Community College System, the Division of Workforce Development in the N.C. Department of Commerce and the N.C. Employment Security Commission to distrib-

ute a total of 23,700 training vouchers during the next 90 days across the state. Courses range from basic technology literacy to intermediate-level technology skills. A portion of the vouchers will be issued to North Carolina residents for Microsoft Certification Exams, all at no cost to the recipients. “Elevate America adds to the range of resources available to people who are looking to develop or enhance their current skills to meet the demands of the current job market,” said Gail Thomas Flynn, Microsoft’s Vice President of State and Local Government. “Microsoft believes that this type of public-private partnership plays an integral role in building the economy in North Carolina - and the nation through access to technology training that can open doors to employment opportunity.” North Carolina will receive 10,500 vouchers for Microsoft Windows and Office online training, 10,500 vouch-

ers for Microsoft Business Certification Exams, and 2,700 vouchers for advanced technical professional level online training: • Each training voucher is redeemable for free online training in Microsoft Windows, or one of the programs in the Microsoft Office suite. • Each certification exam voucher is redeemable for a Microsoft Business Certification Exam. • Advanced technical professional level vouchers are redeemable for free online training for individuals in technical professional career tracks in areas such as web development or database management. Any North Carolina resident may request and receive a voucher. The vouchers will be distributed through the North Carolina Community College System, the Division of Workforce Development in the N.C. Department of Commerce and the N.C. Employment Security Commission. Vouchers will be available to citizens across the

state on a first-come, first-served basis starting today. Microsoft Vice President Pamela Passman announced the “Microsoft Elevate America” program at the National Governor’s Conference in February. The initiative is expected to provide up to 1 million vouchers nationwide for Microsoft e-Learning courses and select Microsoft certification exams at no or low cost to recipients. The program is designed to provide technology training for up to 2 million people during the next three years. North Carolina’s participation in the program makes it the eighth state to take part in this groundbreaking initiative. For additional information regarding the Microsoft vouchers and locations where citizens can obtain a voucher in North Carolina, visit https://secure. and click on the Microsoft Elevate America link.

$21.3 Million awarded for NC highway projects Includes four funded through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - 8 Contracts Total

Gov. Bev Perdue announced today that eight contracts totaling $21.3 million have been awarded for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina, including four projects funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The contracts were awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation to the lowest respective bidder, as required by state law. A list of the projects is attached. “Recovery dollars continue to help

us put North Carolinians to work and deliver much-needed transportation projects,” Perdue said. According to the Federal Highway Administration, every $1 million spent on transportation creates 30 jobs, and according to the construction industry, every dollar invested in transportation generates $6 in economic impact. The four recovery projects are located in Alleghany, Halifax, Rockingham and Wilson counties. The six other

projects are located in Brunswick, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Sampson and Wake counties. See the attached list for respective start dates. Two other projects, one for the Daniel Street Extension in Edgecombe County and one for a bridge replacement in Forsyth County, will be awarded if the low bidder demonstrates that it has met “good faith effort” requirements in attempting to reach the disadvantaged business enterprise goals set forth in

the contracts. The bids received on all 10 projects advertised came in 9.8 percent, or about $4.1 million, below NCDOT estimates. For more information about funding for infrastructure improvements in North Carolina, as well as other NCDOT projects and activities, visit www.



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EDITOR’S INBOX November is National Adoption Awareness Month November is National Adoption Awareness Month, a time to celebrate past, present, and future adoptions. Adoption means many things to a child: permanency, love, safety, and above all, a place to call home. Many people are not aware of the 1,000s of children in our public foster care system. Most of these children come into the state’s custody due to abuse and neglect. It is hard to fathom the hardships and obstacles these children have faced, but one thing is for sure; in loving environments these children heal and thrive. These loving environments are created by dedicated families who have made a commitment to adopt waiting children and give them the love and attention they deserve. These families give the ultimate gift: their home, their lives, support through good and bad times, and the security every child desperately needs. These families serve as inspiration to their communities for their selfless efforts to improve the lives of children in need, helping to ensure them a happy, healthy

future. Since 2004 the number of adoptions in the US has dropped from 22,884 to 17,438 in 2008. While the number of adoptions may have decreased, the number of waiting children has not. There are more than 3,000 children awaiting adoption right here in North Carolina. Now, more than ever, communities need families who are willing to embrace adoption, allowing children to have the comfort and security they deserve. If you think you are ready to open your heart and home to a child in need, call 1-800-632-1400 or visit to find out how you can make a difference. Sincerely, Ken Tutterow, President and CEO Sandy M. Cook, Executive Vice President of Programs

Perdue Announces State

A strong federal Government internship program government protects us By: Jim Fitzgerald Columnist In 1961, Joseph Heller published Catch 22, a novel that hilariously pointed out the paradoxes in rules, regulations, and procedures, that is, circular logic.  In a gross simplification of the theme, the main character was a bomber pilot in WWII who wanted to be declared unfit to fly to avoid dangerous bombing missions. To be declared unfit, he had to ask for a medical evaluation. However, asking for a medical evaluation was seen as “proof ” that he was sane and fit to fly. After all, the bombing missions were dangerous. The net result was that there was no way he could be declared unfit because the very act of asking for the evaluation determined that opposite outcome. Our views of the federal government reflect a Catch 22 mentality. It would seem that we give the government impossible tasks and then criticize it for not fulfilling our unreasonable demands. Consider the United States Post Office. We demand six day a week delivery of mail to our homes. We also demand that they do this inexpensively and holler every time they need to raise the cost of a stamp. Recently, the Post Office proposed eliminating

Saturday delivery to save money and such an outcry was heard that they had to abandon the proposal. In essence, we refuse to allow the Post Office to charge the actual costs of operations while demanding an impossible level of service. Then we use the Post Office as an example of how inefficient government run operations are. The Post Office is not the only example. Medicaid, Social Security, Medicare,   and the list goes on, are other examples of services we demand from the government but are unwilling to pay the actual costs of the programs.  As I have said in other columns, the government has traditionally insured the citizens health insurance companies refuse to insure, or will insure for unaffordable premiums. For decades, we have allowed the private insurers to cherry-pick their customers, leaving the government to insure the chronically ill, developmentally disabled, mentally disordered, the very poor, the elderly, and others that private insurers consider undesirables. If we did not have Medicare, an overwhelming number of the elderly would not have health coverage. If Medicare premiums actually covered the costs of benefits, very few seniors would have health coverage. Then we compare the


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government to private plans; it is like comparing apples to oranges. Say what you will but it is to our credit that EVERY senior citizen in this country has health coverage. Point out the faults of Medicare if you will but every senior can see a doctor. Every senior in this country receives Social Security (there are a few exceptions). It may not be much (it was never considered to be a full retirement plan) but they have an income. Morally, we have not abandoned them. We expect the government to protect us when private banks fail, from tainted food produced by private industry, and from lead based paints on children’s toys coming from China. We expect the government to make sure our drugs are not tainted and work as advertised, to shore up private pension funds when a private company goes bankrupt, and the list goes on.  In other words, we expect the government to protect us from the private industry that we worship. This year our government prevented a world-wide financial collapse and here we are crying like babies that the government spends too much. The cry babies are the same people who would have cried if the government had let the world collapse. For them, the government does nothing correct. Capitalism is a greed-based system and the fact that we want a strong federal government to protect us is proof that we are well aware of the dangers of such a financial system. Look what happened to the financial system when President Clinton signed legislation that allowed financial institutions to become giant financial supermarkets. Previously, based on the great depression, we required banks to be banks, not brokerage houses, hedge funds, insurance sales, and other financial products. When we removed those restrictions, we created the “too big to fail” problem. When government got out of the way, the system collapsed within a decade and we taxpayers had to bail it out for our own safety. Government is our collective effort to place safeguards in place to protect us from the unscrupulous. For me, I will take our government just as it is, warts and all, because a better system has yet to come down the pike. As a people, we need to ditch our Catch 22 attitude toward the government and appreciate the fact we have the best form of government in the world, bar none.   To completely change the subject, I want to say that I do not write this column to offend anyone. I write to provide a progressive view in an area that has a conservative viewpoint. The beauty of America is free speech. I am free to write this column and others are free to write letters to the editor. “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”  - Mark Twain

Gov. Bev Perdue today announced that North Carolina residents attending a college, university, technical institute or community college have until Jan. 20, 2010, to apply for one of up to 65 paid state government internships available for summer 2010. The State Government Internship Program offers students real-world experience in a wide range of state government workplaces. Internships provide opportunities for students to work in their chosen field and to consider careers in public service. More than 2,700 students have participated since the program was established 40 years ago. Paid summer internships are available in locations across the state. They provide North Carolina students with a compensated professional work experience that integrates education, career development and public service. Opportunities exist in numerous recognized fields of study, from architecture to zoology. Interns earn a stipend of $8.25 per hour and work 40 hours

per week for 10 weeks in the summer. They also participate in seminars, tours or other activities designed to broaden their perspective of public service and state government. To be eligible for the program, a student must be a permanent North Carolina resident with an overall

grade-point average of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale, and graduated from high school and subsequently completed their sophomore year of college before beginning the internship. Community

college students must complete at least their first year before beginning the internship. Applicants must be continuing their education in the fall following their participation in the program. To qualify for a position designated for law interns, a student must be completing at least one year of law school. Interns are selected through a competitive process overseen by the N.C. Internship Council. Selection is based on a review of applications by the Council, student interviews with prospective supervisors, academic records, participation in extracurricular activities and interest in state government. Details about the program and a listing of summer 2010 internships are available by calling the Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office in the N.C. Department of Administration at 919807-4400, or by visiting its website at Information also is available in campus career services or cooperative education offices.

From the desk of Heath Shuler SBA to Provide Emergency Loans to Western North Carolina Businesses, Rep. Shuler Announces

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) agreed to provide emergency, low-interest loans to local businesses that have been economically harmed by the massive rock slide that closed Interstate 40, Congressman Heath Shuler (D-Waynesville) said Wednesday. “The shutdown of I-40 has hurt many Western North Carolina businesses, especially those in the industries of tourism and transportation,” said Congressman Shuler. “These emergency loans could assist some Haywood County businesses that been struggling financially since the slide.” The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides assistance to companies when hurricanes, landslides and other natural disasters have affected their ability to remain financially viable. Businesses in Haywood, Buncombe, Henderson, Jackson, Madison, Swain and Transylvania counties that suffered economic losses as a result of the I-40 closure may qualify for help. The massive October 25th rock slide is expected to shut down I-40 for

months while crews work to remove debris. I-40 serves as a vital transportation and commerce thoroughfare for the states of North Carolina and Tennessee with about 25,000 vehicles a day traveling the section of interstate that is closed. This includes about 10,000 tractor trailers that carry goods throughout the region.  Interested business owners from the affected counties can meet with SBA representatives the first week in December at Disaster Assistance Centers in Clyde and Asheville.The Clyde center will operate from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Dec.1-4 at the Clyde Town Hall, located at 8437 Carolina Blvd.   The Asheville center will operate from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Dec 7-10 at the Buncombe County Emergency Services Center, located at 164 Erwin Hills Rd. Business owners can also call SBA’s national Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hearing-impaired) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

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4A COMMUNITY Local fund accepting scholarship applications The Cherokee Sentinel November 18, 2009

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

plications postmarked through January 14, 2010. The Fund was created under the will of Percy B. Ferebee for educational, charitable and benevolent purposes. Mr. Ferebee, a native of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, moved to Western North carolina in 1913 after his graduation from North Carolina Star College to work for the U.S. Forest Service. He settled in Andrews and devoted a

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

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

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

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

Family Resources of Cherokee County is pleased to announce the inception of a new program, In Safe Hands, funded by GCC, Governor’s Crime Commission. Inspired by SVN, Supervised Visitation Network, in Safe Hands will offer free monitored parental visitations as well as monitored exchanges. In Safe Hands is a program intend-

ed to improve parent-child relationships with visits and to prevent child victimization. The program is designed to provide direct services to keep families in safe contact during visitations. Some of the children that need these services live in foster homes or with relatives. Some live with one parent who is separated from the other. We are here to promote ongoing parental

involvement that encourages positive parent-child relationships and healthy emotional development. All agencies, groups, or individuals are eligible for this free service and no referrals are necessary. If you, or some one you know, would like further information, please call the In Safe Hands’ staff at 837-3460.

See “Up” down at the Library Children “In Safe Hands”

Widower Carl Fredricksen (voiced by Ed Asner) thinks he’s alone on this By: Julie Chautin journey of a lifetime.  But he’s not.  Contributing Writer Russell, an eight-year-old Wilderness A 78-year-old man wants to fol- Explorer had stopped by Carl’s house low his late wife’s dream to visit South to “help the elderly” and win another America.  A trip across continents is badge for his sash.  Little did he imagnot out of the ordinary.  But flying a ine the house would pick up and leave. house there is.  Especially if balloons  And that’s just for starters.  Talking filled with helium are transporting it.  dogs, tropical birds and an evil scientist Lots of balloons.  The Murphy Public make this a trip for young and old. Library is showing Pixar Studios latest  To see the trailer, go to www.friendfilm, “Up” Thursday at 3:15 p.m. and  Call again at 6 p.m.  It is rated PG and runs 837-2417. 96 minutes.

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Chad Starbuck with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been named the state’s top wildlife officer for 2009 by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Officer Starbuck was honored for his outstanding service in the field, dedication to conservation and his tireless efforts to involve others, especially youth, in the outdoors. His resolve to deal with budget constraints and still maintain exceptional job performance was lauded. The patrol area in northwestern North Carolina, where Officer Starbuck is assigned, is known for heavy boating and fishing activity through-

out the spring and summer, and is a popular hunting region during the fall and winter. Starbuck’s activities and achievements are impressive. His community efforts included participation in a Crime Stoppers program, initiating a Trout in the Classroom project for a local elementary school and, with a bow hunters group, started a venison donation program to assist needy families. Starbuck also coordinates an annual fishing derby for local children, attended by 200 kids this year. “Chad Starbuck deals with constituents with tact and understanding. And he is an outstanding goodwill ambas-

sador for hunting, fishing and boating,” said Maj. Keith Templeton, supervisor of field operations for the Division of Law Enforcement, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is a regional organization of state agencies with primary responsibility for the management and protection of fish and wildlife resources. The award was presented at the association’s 63rd annual meeting on Nov. 1-4, in Atlanta, Ga. Officer Starbuck lives in Alexander Castaway Critters and Petfinder. County. He is a native of Davidson com Set Goal County. to Place All Pets in Homes for the Holidays Castaway Critters and Petfinder. com are participating in the national

“Foster a Lonely Pet for the Holidays” pet fostering program. Across the country, over 13,000 pet rescue organizations are trying to empty their kennels for Christmas, encouraging members of the public to invite a pet home

At the November meeting of the Misty Mountain Quilters Guild, donations were presented to area Hospice organizations. Betty Babinsky, coordinator of the quilt show “Boutique”, presents checks to representatives Towenna Roberts of Good Shepherd Hospice, Robin Watts of Regency Hospice, and Gina Pendley of Georgia Mountains Hospice. The Quiltfest was an enormous success, thus creating funds for several local charities. Funds raised from the raffle quilt in the 2009 Quiltfest, promoted by the Misty Mountain Quilters Guild, were presented to charities which help victims of domestic violence and other serious family problems. Frances Allen, co-chairperson of the quilt show, is

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November 18, 2009


Lou Jean Culpepper

Lou Jean Culpepper, 75, of Hayesville died Tuesday, November 24, 2009 in a Murphy medical center. She was a native of Clay County. She was retired from Lockheed Martin in Marietta, GA and was of the Baptist faith. She was the wife of the late E.D.

Culpepper Jr. Surviving are two daughters, Karen Willingham of Hayesville and Katrina Owenby of Roberta, GA; two brothers, Tommy Moore of Hayesville and Bobby Moore of Canton, GA; two halfbrothers, Daryl and Dewight Moore;

Catherine Margaret Valenty

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and five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Lou Jean Culpepper to the American Cancer Society, Hayesville Chapter, 120 Executive Park, Building 1, Asheville, NC

28801. Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville in charge of arrangements. An online guest register is available at “Obituaries” at www.iviefuneralhome. com

Catherine Margaret Valenty, age 63, of Murphy, NC passed away Thursday, November 26, 2009 at the Kindred Hospital in Chattanooga, TN. She lived most of her life in Saugus, MA and was the daughter of the late Edward and Catherine O’Conner Linehan. Catherine was a bank teller for many years before she and her husband, Thomas moved to Cherokee County from Beverly Hills, FL over a year ago. She was an avid book reader and fre-

quented all the area bookstores, thrift shops and the library for good books. Catherine was a member of the St. Williams Catholic Church. Catherine is survived by her husband, Thomas Valenty; two sons, Michael T. Valenty and his wife, Jennifer of Glouster, VA and John E. Valenty of Beverly Hills, FL; one daughter, Michelle A. Valenty and Ken Johns of Orlando, FL; one brother, Edward Linehan of Springfield, IL and five grandchildren, Tiara Toro, Kristina Valenty, Regan Johns, Ethan Valenty and Heather Cummings.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Monday, November 30, 2009. A Rosary Service will be held at 8:00 PM at TownsonRose Funeral Home in Murphy, NC. Deacon Carl Hubbell will officiate. A Memorial Mass will be at 11:00 AM Thursday, December 3, 2009 at St. Williams Catholic Church. Father George Kloster will officiate. You may send tributes to the Valenty family at or view other obits at Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Department of Transportation. He was of the Baptist faith. He was the son of the late John N. and Jane Mulkey Gregory and was also preceded in death by a brother, John Harvey Gregory. Surviving are his wife, Joan Stewart

speaking. Interment will be in Valleytown Cemetery. Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews in charge of all arrangements. An online guest register is available at “Obituaries” at

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Gregory; a son, Michael N. Gregory Jr. and wife, Michelle of Jacksonville, FL; and three grandchildren, Michael N. Gregory III, Josh Gregory, and Lillie Gregory. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, Dec. 2 in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews with Michael N. Gregory Jr. mother, Martha Garrett Moss Frye of Hayesville; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM Sunday, Nov. 29 in the Pine Grove Baptist Church with Revs. Dwayne Patterson, Rayburn Wilson, and Don Weavers officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Jacob Moss, Matt and Devin Graves, Jeff Rowland, Derrick Rollins, and Chris Chastain. Honorary pallbearers were Ronald Ware, Billy Joe Chastain,

and Raymond Allen. The family received friends from 6-8 Saturday evening at the Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville where the body was until placed in the church at the service hour. Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville in charge of all arrangements. An online guest register is available at “Obituaries” at www.iviefuneralhome. com

Betty Laura Curtis

and wife, Eunaviee of Murphy; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy and Sara Curtis both of Murphy; a brother-in-law, Clayton Raxter of Andrews; and ten nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Monday, Nov. 30 in the Chapel of the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy with Revs. Steve West and Tony Raxter officiating. Interment will be in the Peachtree Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dennis, Larry, and Barry Curtis, Zack Phillips, Jason Killian, and Danny Raxter.

The family will receive friends from 12:00-1:45 Monday afternoon at the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy prior to the services. The family requests memorials may be made in loving memory of Betty Laura Curtis to the Peachtree Memorial Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Jim Hendrix, 3195 Old Peachtree Road, Murphy, NC 28906. Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements. An online guest register is available at

with whom he recently celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary on September 11; one sister, Luella Newman; two sons, Jerry Jenkins and Rev. Guinn Jenkins; four daughters Joyce Durand, Gail Oates, Sandi Southerland and Pam Jenkins-Lamb; 21 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren and 8 great-greatgrandchildren. The family will receive friends at Townson-Rose Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM where Mr. Jenkins will remain until being placed in the church thirty minutes prior to the service hour.

Funeral Services will be held at Harris Chapel Church of God in Murphy, NC on December 2, 2009 at 1:00 PM with Rev. Guinn Jenkins and Lay Minister Ed Huber officiating. Burial will be in the Flax Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Brad Jenkins, William A. Jenkins, Marcus Baker-Durand, Damon Southerland, Zachery Stanley and Robert Gullatt. You may send tributes to the Jenkins family at or view other obits at Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Michael N. “Specks” Gregory

Michael N. “Specks” Gregory, 70, of Andrews died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009 in a Murphy medical center. He was a native and lifetime resident of Cherokee County. He had served in the Army National Guard and had worked for Higdon’s Construction and the NC

Amber Maria Moss, 13, of Warne died Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009 in an Asheville hospital. Amber was a native of Clay County where she had lived most of her life. Surviving are her parents, Dennis and Naona Graves Moss of Hayesville; a brother, Daulton Ray Moss of the home; maternal grandparents, Tommie L. and June Anderson Graves of Turtletown, TN; the paternal grand-

Betty Laura Curtis, 90, of Murphy died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 in a Murphy medical center. She was a native and lifetime resident of Cherokee County. She was a member of the Upper Peachtree Baptist Church. She was the daughter of the late John Wesley and Laura Brown Curtis. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Dewel and Bob Curtis; and one sister, Jean Raxter. Surviving are a brother, Roy Curtis

Virgil V. Jenkins

Virgil V. Jenkins, age 95, died peacefully at home in Canton, GA, on Monday, November 30, 2009. He was born in Cherokee County on September 16, 1914, the son of Elbert and Ella Montgomery Jenkins. In 1938 he married Ruth Bailey. They have lived in numerous places around the country following work in his career as a Millwright. They returned to the family home in Cherokee County on his retirement in 1974. He is survived by his wife, Ruth,

Enoch Lile Hogsed

Enoch Lile Hogsed, age 95, of Warne, NC passed away Thursday, November 26, 2009 at the Clay County Care Center in Hayesville, NC. He was a native and lifelong resident of Clay County and the son of the late Sam R. and Ollie Patterson Hogsed.  Enoch was a retired farmer.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching old westerns on T.V.


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In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel; one son, Carl Hogsed; one grandson, Scott Hogsed, four brothers and four sisters. He is survived by two sons, Bruce Hogsed and Rev. James Hogsed both of Warne, NC; one daughter, Peggy Hogsed Levi of Alabama; nine grandchildren,  15 great grandchildren and

several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 8:00 PM, Friday, November 27, 2009 at the Frank Rose Sr. Memorial Chapel in Hayesville, NC.  Rev. Jimmy Rogers and Rev. Jimmy Hogsed officiated. Graveside services and burial were at 11:00 AM, Saturday, November 28, 2009 at the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Pallbearers were the grandsons.  The family received friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Friday, Novem-

ber 27, 2009 at the Frank Rose Sr. Memorial Chapel in Hayesville, NC. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in memory of Enoch Lile Hogsed to the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery Fund, PO Box 190, Warne, NC 28909.  You may send tributes to the Hogsed family at and view other obits at Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

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

Legal Notices Creditor’s Notice 09E 224 Having qualified as Executor of the Estate of Margaret M. Bruce, deceased, late of Cherokee County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the Estate of said deceased to exhibit them to the undersigned at 970 Valley River Ave, Murphy, NC 28906 or before the 11th day of February, 2010 this notice will be pleased in bar of there recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This the 6th day of November, 2009. John Bruce/ Anna B. Nevius Co-Executor of the Estate of Margaret M. Bruce, Deceased.

Personal Representative’s Notice to Debtors and Creditors of the Estate of Danny R. Miller Any person, firm or corporation indebted to the estate of DANNY R. MILLER, deceased is requested to tender payment immediately to the undersigned Personal Representative. Any person, firm or corporation having a lawful claim against the estate of DANNY R. MILLER, deceased, is notified to present it in writing to the undersigned Personal Representative on or before February 16, 2010. or this Notice will be pleaded in bar of recovery of such claim. This the 4th day of November , 2009. Lisa Ann Miller Austin Personal Representative of the Estate of Danny R. Miller 2584 Fish Hatchery Roa West Columbia, SC 29172 ESTATE COUNSEL; W. David Sumpter, III 39 Hiwassee Street

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Housing: Penland called last year a long year. “It was a hard year,” he said. “At times we weren’t sure our program was going to make it. But we did. We survived. The Hinton Center carried our program for a year. And we are pleased that they continued to believe in us. This is truly a community project, and I want to thank everyone who had a part in it.” Rufus Stark, former- chairman of the Hinton Center board of directors, said, “I am delighted that we can continue to build again.” He said that public servants are elected to establish programs like this to help people, but he added that nothing happens with these programs until somebody in the local community steps up to pick up the pieces and make things happen. He called it an opportunity for people of faith to be involved. Pam Hysong, who is the acting area director for the USDA Rural Development, presented several oversized checks. Among them was one for $774,000 representing the monies that will be going for building supplies and appliances for the six houses. It was pointed out that this money will be spent locally. Another check for $308,019 was presented to the Hinton

Center for administrative costs of overseeing the construction of both these six houses and another five houses expected to be started next fall. Hysong said the construction of these new homes will benefit the county by adding to its tax base and it will benefit the families involved not only by providing them a home to live in, but also the opportunity of learning new building skills and will increase the participants self-confidence. Hysong also presented the Hinton Center with another check for $50,000, which is a grant to oversee housing preservation. Julia Buckner, who oversees that program for the Hinton Center, said it would provide materials for the repair of five houses in the area, work which will be done by matching volunteer labor. To provide homeowners whose homes are in bad need of repair with housing that is decent, safe and sanitary. Jason Reinhardt, manager of Mountain Building Supply in Hayesville, presented the project with a check for $5,000 to help offset the cost of tools. This is the third time the company has provided the Wesley Meadows project with such funds. Of the families who are participating in building the six new houses, three are from Clay County, two from Cherokee County and one from Young Harris, Georgia. Laura Pegues, Lynn Sanchez and Barron Martin families are from


November 18, 2009

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.

The Rock

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.

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.  

Scrapbooking Workshop

Marine Corps Birthday

Grocery Bingo

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.

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 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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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.

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

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. $3,500 OBO. Call 828735-1897 for more information. 2005 FORD FOCUS SES, Runs GREAT! Automatic, white, power locks, power windows, leather seats, tinted windows. Great gas mileage. Well maintained car. Asking below Kelly Blue Book. Asking $5000, OBO. 706-299-1614 or 706-299-1431 leave message.

200-Employment Applications being accepted , Hiawassee Huddle House Medical Office Assistant- 2 years experience , part-time 706-970-0177 Worked with EMD’s. CNA available excellent references. Will work Sundays. 706-896-5794 CNA’s needed for Cherokee and Clay County. Please call Helen @ (828) 835-8147

300-Services 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. Walker Storage Corner of Old Highway 64 West and West Cherry Road. Concrete block Construction 828389-4926 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tile installer your tile or mine, 26 years experience have references and liability insurance. Ask for Don at 828389-9394 # D&L Painting & drywall INC. Painting/Staining Interior • Exterior • Residential • Commercial DRYWALL Hang • Finish • Texture all types of finishes & textures 100% Quality Driven. Free Estimates cell: 828-508-5270 office(1): 828-321-2111 office(2): 828-479-4052 Bush hogging, Stump-grinding, gardens plowed, gravel-roads/driveways scraped, post-holes dug, sickle mowing. Free estimates, reasonable rates, dependable service. (828) 8377809 Cell: (828) 361-8738 #

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Come Shop 40% Off Sale at Bloomsbury Cottage at Tater Ridge Shops excluding purses and Marie Osmond items Dec.1st-?

33′ Travel Trailer for Sale. Very clean, no pets, no smoking. Located in Hiawassee in Campground on Lake. Has attached 30′ deck with aluminum/ vinyl awning, pool, Recreation area, boat dock and storage, WIFI & cable available. $6,700 OBO 299-378-4175, 229-377-6104 LEAVE MESSAGE For Sale lightly used complete fireplace gas log set 706-896-6938 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.

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

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

800-Animals 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 #

900 - Real Estate 3 Cabins, must see- reduced! In gated communities.Starting at $199,000, Call 706-896-2353. Must sell! Hiawassee, Ga. 2 adjoining lots, long range, year round mountain views. Well established neighborhood; $36,500 each; 706-781-5274. Lots within a gated community. Reduced. Highest elevation in Towns County. Call 706-896-2353.

stop THE CAR HONEY! $319,000 short sale Make offer- in town- lake view, lake access & mountain views. 4br/4ba, oversize 2 car garage, complete apartment downstairs. Many, many extras. Almost new. Excellent condition. Must sell. Beautifully furnished by designer. Owner must sell furniture and furnishings at fraction of cost. Charlotte Ledford Realtor; 706-781-7028

1000 - Rentals 2BR/2.5BA two story Cottage Style house close to Hiawassee $575/ month plus deposit. All appliances, water&garbage collection included. 706-896-4988 or 706-781-9917. 1 Bedroom 1 Bath Apartment for Rent in Peachtree Area in Cherokee County NC. New Construction, Rent $450 per month. Water included in rent. Security Deposit and lease agreement required. HUD Approved. No Pets. (828) 837-6758 after 5 pm. NEW NAME, NEW DEALS! NOW Renting 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, 2 Bedroom, 1 1/2 Bath from $475 to $595, includes all appliances, free water and trash disposal. NO steps and Pet friendly. Ridgeline Apartments, 3346 Highway 64 East, Hayesville, NC. 828389-1545 # 2 BR/@ BA Cabin in Hanging Dog area, Central air & heat, fireplace, unfurnished. Very Nice. $550 per month, call 828-360-4630. 2 BR/2 BA Cabin near golf course in Martin Creek area. Unfurnished. Very nice. $600. per month Call 828-3604630 2 Br- 2 Bath Lakeview on Highway 175 $500 a month . 828-524-0514 or 828-507-1617 3 BR 1 1/2 BA mobile home – not in a trailer park. $300 a month. (828) 837-6222. # 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.

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Cherokee County Schools has a full-time, temporary school nurse position at Andrews Elementary and Andrews Middle Schools through the remainder of this school year. Requirements include: RN with a bachelors degree. School nursing or pediatric nursing experience preferred. You may pick up an application at 911 Andrews Rd. from 8:00 – 4:00 daily, or print an application from the website www.cherokee.k12. You may activate an application already on file by calling 837-2722 Ext. 229. Deadline to apply is December 7, 2009. Cherokee County Schools is an equal opportunity employer.


Job Announcement 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 December 4, 2009.

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Job Announcement

FT Dental Assistant, FT RN Night Float, PTR Housekeeper

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

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Make your piano sound brand new Complete Tuning $100 (828) 835 6532

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COMMUNITY Holiday Home Tour Set for the Season


The Cherokee Sentinel December 2, 2009

The homes are decorated, the volunteers are waiting, the tickets are for sale, and the excitement is mounting! The Hayesville Holiday Tour of Homes will take place this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6 from 1:00 until 5:00. An easy to read map to the Tour homes is on the inside of each ticket. All homes are either in the Tusquittee Road area or in The Ridges area. Tour of Homes signs will direct visitors Tickets can still be purchased for $12 each at many local businesses this week. In addition, a number of ticket locations will remain open on Sunday to sell last minute tickets--The Garden Shoppe, All Tucked In, The Rustic Rose, and Mountain Valley Country Store. A limited number of tickets will also be available at the homes, so if you drive by and would like to visit one or all of these lovely homes, just stop in! The Zimmerman home is decorated much like Clay County residents would have decorated in the 40's. The fragrance of hot spiced cider on the stove and fresh-cut greenery throughout brings to mind a traditional holiday celebration in the mountains. The Smith home holiday decoration also relies heavily on fresh greenery and all sorts of beautiful findings from the natural surroundings. The mountain heritage is also apparent in Sara Smith's holiday style. The Junghans Christmas tree reflects the many places the family has lived abroad, with European ornaments on the tree and a collection of Hummel plates in the dining room, Each room has a unique theme for the holiday-even the laundry room is decorated. The extensive outdoor decoration entices the visitor to enter and discover the holiday wonderland inside.


covered a dual purpose. Special orders are a pleasure for Loye. Attractive Dr. Pat Slagle is a former guidance counselor for Hayesville High School, who went above and beyond her duty to the students (her husband a dean of Tri-County College). The Slagle children are Hayesville graduates. Dr. Slagle, who loves vibrant color, likes to bring outfits to Loye, such as favorite sweater sets, to have jewelry made by Loye to complement the outfit. One of Loye’s favorite expressions is “Don’t buy jewelry to match your clothes, buy your clothing to match your jewelry.” Also, another Hayesville resident once found an amethyst and, after having it polished in Franklin, North Carolina, brought it to Merwin, who framed the stone into a 14- karat gold heart necklace for a granddaughter’s eighth grade graduation gift. Loye loves working with people. She enjoys redesigning antique jewelry or repairing broken jewelry, such as remodeling a Hayesville customer’s mother’s fine antique crystal beads into her own modern vision. This season, Loye offers new original creations you must see such as the collegiate line (customer inspired), which consists of necklace and earring sets designed in favorite alumni colors. You could choose the school of your

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Loye’s Medal winning piece. choice colors for a graduate. View her signature “Lounging Lady” note cards

The Junghan’s Entryway

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The Walthall’s Den Loye’s work on display inside of Baubles, Bangles & Beads

as well as adorable holiday accessories. There are handmade handled spreaders, tiny forks and a shining variety of holiday bottle toppers. She also created earrings of snowmen, wreaths, angels and trees in the twenty dollar range. Feast your eyes on Swarovski’s stunning new crystal shapes and colors as well as Loye’s gold medal pendant design. Stop in to enjoy the beauty and holiday sparkle at Baubles, Bangles & Beads to make your special and reasonable gift choices sure to cheer those lucky enough to receive the lasting gift of handmade jewelry. (See Baubles, Bangles & Beads’ ad in your Sentinel “Holiday Gift Guide.”)










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