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Wednesday October 28, 2009

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Volume 23, Number 43

CLAY SCHOOLS TOP OF ITS CLASS Clay County schools excel in high school graduates



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Economic outlook still bleak

North Carolina continues to have a high unemployment rate with two-thirds of the counties in the state running into double digits. In western North Carolina, jobs are as scarce as hen’s teeth. For September, Cherokee County had an unemployment rate of 14.2 percent, exceeding all counties west of Asheville. Graham and Clay counties weren’t far behind with 13.4 percent and 10.8 percent ,respectively. Most other counties west of Asheville were not much better, hovering in the mid 8 and low 9 percent range. Counties just east of Asheville seemed to fare as badly as Cherokee. Cleveland, Rutherford, McDowell, Burke and Caldwell counties all were in either the 14 or 15 percent unemployment range. Unemployment benefits paid out in North Carolina last year (October 2008 through September 2009) were just shy of $4 billion. In many ways, whatever economy the state had was bolstered up significantly by unemployment benefits. For many families, that’s what put food on the table and clothed their kids, while the bread winner or bread winners were waiting for jobs. In the fiscal year just cited, Cherokee County residents received almost $11.5 million in benefits; Graham County received $5.75 million in benefits and Clay County received $3.5 million in benefits. A recent report on the state’s economic outlook commissioned by the North Carolina General Assembly states that the recession ended in August, even though current economic conditions show See ”OUTLOOK” Page 8A

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Among the attendees at the Airport’s ‘re-grand opening’ were, left to right, Christa Flenner, Tonya Hampton and Shelly Reams, all NCFlyports representatives; David Rodger, County Mgr.; Johnny Brown, Mayor of Andrews; Haydon Rogers, Cong. Heath Shuler’s Chief of Staff; Mike Sheidy, Chamber President; Donna Tipton-Rogers, President of Tri-County Community College.; Larry Kernea, Airport Commissioner; Juleigh Sitton, Director of Governor’s Western Office and Chad Warner, Flight Group Corporation Sales & Marketing.

By: Desiree Reynolds Sentinel Writer On the evening of Thursday, October 22nd, a crowd gathered to usher the Andrews-Murphy Airport into a new era. It was not only christened with a new name: Western Carolina Regional Airport but also new services, so that it can better serve the local economy in its travel needs. The NCDOT Division of Aviation, working under a Small Community Air Service Development grant from the USDOT, is marketing the availability of on-demand air service in eleven communities in North Carolina. Cherokee County is one of those eleven. As a result, the newlynamed Western Carolina Regional Airport will be offering charter flights right out of the Andrews-Murphy

area. Which can prove to be a pretty big convenience, for those both coming and going in our area. Among the attendees at Wednesday’s event, were representatives from the Flight Group Corporation in association with NC Flyports

drive the local economy, because there will be more ground time for people who come to the Andrews-Murphy area. Instead of flying into Atlanta, then driving two hours there and back, they can maximize the time spent at their actual destination.” Conversely,

“This is really going to be something that can bring more visitors and help drive the local economy.. ” and FlightGest. “Our goal is to bring more efficient air travel to rural areas, and educate people on just how accessible and affordable it can be for them.” said Shelly Reams of NC Flyports. “This is really going to be something that can bring more visitors and help

the program has the potential to save time and money for locals who intend to travel out of Cherokee County. Flight Group Corporation, which is operated by FlightGest Aviation,boasts planes of varying sizes from 5 and up to 9 seats for use in Charter flights out

of the Andrews-Murphy area, some with availability starting immediately, while others will become available in January 2010. “When you add up the time wasted driving, waiting in line at the airport, money spent on hotels and other various costs associated with business travel, hiring a charter flight makes a lot of sense financially.” says Chad Warner of FlightGest. “The time gained just by hiring a charter flight can be spent on better things, such as dinners with clients or just more leisure time at your destination.” For more information about charter flights out of the Andrews-Murphy area, visit The Web site offers a firsthand look at comparing the costs of charter flights and other forms of travel, as well as the ability to book a flight online.

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Into the Darkness - 1st Place By Misty M - 7Th Grade

The darkness was overwhelming. Huddled in the corner, my eyes were flooding over. Outside the open window, the rain was falling silently, the wind flowing through the trees. One by one, my tears fell. The suspense was growing. Why couldn't this end? Red glowing eyes stared back at mine. I was too stunned to move away.. My muscles were frozen into place. Slowly, the eyes inched forward until I could make out an entire body. It was strangely beautiful in a way. Lightning struck in the distance. I counted the seconds. How

much longer would I have to live? The red eyes disappeared in a flash. I heard my mother's scream two doors down. Tears fell more violently now, shaking my entire body with fear. My dear little sister screamed, shrill and loud, only for me to hear. Now, I was the only one left. I rose silently from my little spot in the corner. I saw the amazing figure crawl back through my window. I could see it more clearly, its beauty bewildering me. I stepped forward eager to touch it. It reached out to me innocently, whispering words of reassurance. I was no longer afraid. Everything would be okay. My screams ran through my ears as I desperately tried to get away. The

killer had his lips grazing my neck, his teeth threatening and sharp as they bore down. It was all over. This was the end. I screamed once more to no avail. I slowly drifted away.

Scary storyBy Dylan McDaniel - 7th Grade

Once upon a time, there was a girl and her grandmother. They lived in a house that was built 20 years ago. In that house, there had been 20 murders, to be exact. There had been one every single year on the same month, same day, same hour, same minute. They weren't aware of that though, except for

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The students at Hayesville Middle School submitted some very frightening and creative stories, unfortunately we could only choose 3 prize winners, but we have also selected 4 honorable mentions. These stories were very well thought out and unique. The winners are as follows: 1. Misty Morin 7th Grade 2. Isaac Nicholson - 7th Grade 3. Lakota Walker - 5th Grade. The Sentinel would like to thank all of the students for their submissions.








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BRIEFS Town Election on Tuesday It rolls around every four years, but sometimes in the thick of other things, it is an election that can slip right past you. Hayesville voters go to the polls, at the Town Hall next Tuesday to select three council members and a mayor. Harrell Moore, the incumbent mayor, is the only name on the ballot in the mayor’s race; however, there is an opportunity for voters to write-in a candidate. For council members, three are to be selected out of a slate of five candidates. Those include Josh Ashe, Harry Baughn, Mary Janna Martin (the only incumbent running), Cayce Price and Gwen Weaver (a former mayor of Hayesville.) Polls open at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 and close at 7:30 p.m. There are 284 registered voters in the town of Hayesville. If past elections are any indications, a 30 to 40 percent turnout is expected.

H1N1 Vaccine Shortage in North Carolina

The H1N1 vaccine shortage is causing concerns at clinics and pharmacies all across North Carolina. Many places have a small supply of vaccine for the seasonal flu, and none for H1N1. The State’s Health Director says he’s hesitant to predict when more of the H1N1 vaccine will arrive. “You might have to wait a month. Yes, a month…30 days. I hate to say that to people, pregnant women and so forth, but that’s the simple matter of the supply that’s at hand,” said Jeffrey Engel, State Health Dir. The federal government will distribute the vaccine as it comes available based on each state’s population. In the meantime, Engel says to take simple precautions, like hand washing and staying home when you’re sick.

Healthcare Bill Now Includes ‘Public Option’

Senate majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, announced that the healthcare reform bill that will be debated on the Senate floor will include a socalled public option. The proposal, which would create a government-run health insurance plan, was voted down by the influential Senate Finance Committee last month. Under the plan, states would have the option not to participate. They would have to decide by 2014. Critics, including most Republican lawmakers, say it will open the door to government control of the healthcare system. The plan is designed for people who don’t get insurance through their employers. Reid’s decision was a victory to the Democrat’s left-wing, but it also made passing a healthcare reform bill more difficult. The Wall Street Journal reports that Republicans will filibuster any plan that includes the public option. This means that all 58 Senate Democrats and two independents will need to vote for the bill. Reid said he was optimistic his party would unify on the issue, even though some of his more moderate colleagues prefer a plan that would require states to opt in to a government-operated health insurance program.

October has been deadliest month for troops A day after 14 Americans died in separate helicopter crashes in Afghanistan, eight more U.S. troops were killed on Tuesday in the eight-year war. Attacks using improvised explosive devices (IED) in southern Afghanistan killed eight U.S. soldiers and an Afghan civilian working with NATO’s International Security Assistance Force. Several soldiers were injured, the ISAF said without releasing details of whether these were Americans. “A loss like this is extremely difficult for the families as well as for those who served alongside these brave service members,” Navy Capt. Jane Campbell, ISAF Joint Command spokesperson, said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends who mourn their loss.” The deaths make October the deadliest month for U.S. forces, with 53 fatalities so far, according to On Monday, a mid-air collision between two choppers in southern Afghanistan killed four American soldiers, while 10 other died when the helicopter they were using to search a compound suspected of harboring insurgents, went down for still unknown reasons. Clay County Historical & Arts Council presents

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. Join us at the

Truett Memorial Baptist Church Fellowship Hall on Saturday, November 7, from 10 am - 4 pm. This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.


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Clay County schools excel in high school graduates By: Frank Bradley Sentinel Writer Three cheers for the Clay County school system. Once again, the county is leading the state in graduating its high school students. Only, Dare County, home of the “Lost Colony,” managed to graduate a higher percentage of its students than did Clay. The other 98 counties in the state fell somewhat behind, at least for the most recent school year. On October 12, school board chairman Charles Lee Penland and school superintendent Scott Penland traveled to Raleigh to accept the honors for the Clay County school system. “It was good for our school to get this kind of recognition at the state level,” Penland told the board at Monday’s regular monthly meeting. Scott Penland elaborated saying,

“This achievement was a result of a community wide effort. It started with the parents, the school bus drivers, teachers, staff and our many community organizations and volunteers.” Clay County schools achieved an 87.6 percent graduation rate, meaning that almost nine our of every ten students who started as 9th Graders graduated from Clay County schools on time (after four years.) Those who took longer or dropped out counted against the graduation rate. After Dare and Clay counties, the next highest county graduation rate in the state was Catawba County, which had a graduation rate of 83.8 percent. Of the counties in western North Carolina, Polk County came the closest to Clay with a 82.1 percent graduation rate. While Dare County had the abso-

lutely highest graduation rate with a 90.2 percent, the county also has a few advantages over Clay County in the process of producing high school graduates. The median household income in Dare is about 50 percent high than the median income in Clay County. Of the residents there over the age of 25, 89 percent of them are high school graduates, and 29 percent hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. In Clay County 77 percent of those over age 25 are high school graduates and 15 percent hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. The significance of these indicators suggest that parents in Dare County would attach greater importance to graduating its high school students, and yet we find that Clay County with these disadvantages does just about as well and better than other counties in the state. Along with Clay County schools, 11

other school districts and 17 schools were recognized for having the highest rates of high school graduation in North Carolina at a ceremony in Raleigh. It was the second year that State Superintendent June Atkinson has held a special recognition ceremony to highlight the importance of high school graduation and the graduation success stories in North Carolina. “North Carolina must redouble its efforts to keep students in school and on track for high school graduation,” Atkinson said. “A high school diploma is a basic accomplishment for anyone entering the workforce and an essential stepping stone to community college or university. The schools and districts we have honored show us that public schools can have high graduation rates and when they do, students are the winners.”

School budget tight but workable By: Frank Bradley Sentinel Writer

On Monday,the Clay County school board passed a budget resolution that was within the guidelines of the North Carolina state budget. North Carolina appears to be faring better than many other states, according to a recent report by the National Association of State Budget Officers. While some states are experiencing a first quarter budget shortfall in the 8 to 10 percent range, which is having a significant impact on their ability to adequately fund public schools, North Carolina’s first quarter revenue is only about 1 percent below projected revenues. Collections through September are running $45 million below the state’s $4.2 billion target. “I think we are going to be all right if the revenues projects hold,” Superintendent Scott Penland told the board on Monday. “However, we’re going to

keep an eye on it.” The report showed that withholding tax collections in the state continue to erode and are 3.5 percent below last year. There are many contributing factors to the revenue loss; however mounting job losses are the leading source for this drop. The July to September 2009 period was the worse quarter for collections since the start of the recession. Withholdings (wage & salary income taxes) continue to fall as job losses continue to mount. Until total employment numbers start to grow, withholding taxes will continue to weaken; hence the state’s revenues will continue to fall or at best flatten out. Consumer demand is also weak, meaning less sales tax revenue for the state. It is not expected to rebound anytime soon, remaining weak for most of 2010 and 2011. The state is allocating just over $10 1/2 million for instructional and sup-

porting services in Clay County for the current fiscal year. Another $1.8 million is being appropriated for school administrative and operational funds in the Local Current Expense Fund. Of that amount, $834,300 is county funds. In other matters, the board approved

efficiency and or conserve energy. The board also discussed a new state policy concerning a code of ethics which is to be required of all board members. The policy will require all members to take two hours of training and must be adopted by next March. The purpose of the state’s legislation is

Collections through September are running $45 million below the state’s $4.2 billion target. a motion to explore contracting with Johnson Controls, Inc. or another energy management company to reduce the cost of electrical and fuel usage for the schools system with the proviso that the plan would not cost the school money and should save it money by implementing ways to become energy

recognition of a need to conduct the affairs of the board in and open and public manner, complying with all applicable laws governing open meetings and public records.

Tiger recognized by WCU Rob Tiger receives Western Carolina University’s Distinguished Alumni Award By: Debbie Walker Sentinel Writer

Rob Tiger, a business owner and native of Hayesville, was selected among a distinct group of only eight alumni as a recipient of the Inaugural College of the Arts and Science Distinguished Alumni Award. In a ceremony on Friday, October 16th, 2009 which was held at Western Carolina University, College of Arts and Sciences, Tiger received an award in Anthropology & Sociology along with other WCU alumni. A graduate of WCU in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in the Social Science study of Anthropology and Archeology, Tiger began a life-long habit of volunteerism. As a student at WCU, he recognized the importance of this region’s Cherokee heritage in addition to its history since the European American settlement. He envisioned it to be a wonderful expression of the Awareness of and respect for other cultures that anthropologists hope to pass on to their students. Since 1974, Rob has assisted and volunteered in Archaeological excavations, surveys and studies in Clay and Cherokee counties and in Towns County Georgia. Rob also exemplifies Anthropology’s holistic perspective, in that he has devoted much of his energy and attention assisting the organization of a number of groups in this region to promote a healthier and more vibrant sense of community. Rob has promot-

ed the value of western North Carolina as a recreational area and destination. As a founding member of Clay County Communities Revitalization Association (CCCRA) and its partnership with HandMade in America, and the Southern Appalachian Biking Association, Rob has helped plan and build a 14 plus mile Jack Rabbit Mountain Bike and Hiking Trail. Additionally CCRA did extensive restoration to the exterior of Clay County’s historic courthouse,and is now working in partnership with the Clay County historical Arts Council to complete a cultural heritage exhibit portraying a traditional Cherokee homestead, including murals and kiosks.  Through his work with the CCRA and HandMade, Rob has helped forge partnerships with a number of local, regional and state organizations, funders and educators.  He was a founding member of the Southern Highroads Association and has assisted that organization since 1991 in the designation and promotion of arts, recreation, and cultural heritage, Rob has received recognition as Volunteer of the year in 2007 by Clay County, and the Governor’s Award for outstanding Volunteer Service by the State o North Carolina in 2004. Rob’s willingness to give of his time and talent has made an indelible mark on the culture and people of this region, enhancing our appreciation of its past, revitalizing its present and educating its children for the future. Upon accepting the award, Rob said he is humbled, but proud of the work

which has really been a combined effort of many in the community whose unselfish service has done so much to preserve our unique heritage. Others receiving WCU’s Distinguished Alumni Awards include: Julius N. Hill III in the field of Biology; Salvatore Lettieri for Chemistry & Phys-

ics; Sue Ellen Bridgers for English; Jeffrey Ryan for Geosciences and Natural Resources; Stephen Page for History; Richard Craddock for Mathematics and Computer Science, and Will Annarino for Political Science &Public Affairs.


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Flesh Out Your Financial Skeleton

As Halloween hovers on the horizon, the most frightening prospect for some adults has nothing to do with ghosts or goblins. Rather, it’s their scary lack of preparation when it comes to retirement planning. We suggest a new activity: fleshing out your financial skeleton. Here are the rules. Know what lurks behind the closet door. Or in your file cabinet, as the case may be. Take a look at Your Social Security Statement, which comes in the mail every year about two to three months before your birthday, if you are at least 25 years old and not yet receiving benefits or Medicare. The Statement provides an estimate of your retirement benefit based on the yearly earnings reported to Social Security.

You also can get an immediate and personalized benefit estimate online by using the Retirement Estimator: Add ingredients to your cauldron. Social Security was never intended to be your only source of income when you retire. You also will need other savings, investments, pensions or retirement accounts to make sure you have enough money to live comfortably. According to financial experts, you will need at least 70 percent of your annual working income when you retire to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle. For the average worker, Social Security provides about 40 percent of it. You have a 30 percent gap to fill, so start throwing spare change in the retirement cauldron now.

Keep an eye out. In addition to checking Your Social Security Statement each year, watch your 401k and IRA account balances grow through compound interest. Try to continue contributing to your accounts every month. Follow these rules and watch your financial skeleton pack on the pounds. When retirement rolls around, your fleshed-out retirement plan can keep the financial hobgoblins away and set you up for a comfortable retirement. And when you’re ready to retire, it’s so easy to do it online at Learn more by visiting our website, Start now and there’ll be no reason to fear retirement.

Overcoming a financial crisis By: Jim Fitzgerald Columnist Have you looked at your retirement account lately? If you have not, take a look because I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Since March, the stock market has risen over 60% and all of us have been able to recapture a significant portion of our previous losses. The direction of the stock market reflects investors “talking” with their money. In this case, investors are saying they think the worst is over and they are anticipating an economic recovery. This reflection of investor optimism is very different from the economic view held just eleven months ago. Do you remember the dire predictions and projected consequences facing this nation that were

talked about back then? What is frightening is that those dire consequences could have come true. The economic and financial structure of this country could have come crashing down, leaving us in financial ruin. This is what happened to the former Soviet Union in the late 1980’s, and could have easily happened to us. It may be decades before we fully realize how close to the brink of collapse we came. Nevertheless, for now it looks like we have survived the worse fate that could have befallen us – and I dare say would have befallen us if the people who wanted to allow the collapse to happen were in charge of the decision-making. Regardless of one’s politics, it was the combination of TARP (Republi-


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can) and Stimulus funds (Democrat) that radically slowed and gradually stabilized the free-fall this country was in and averted financial disaster. The extraordinary actions taken by our government were just that – extraordinary. Nobody, and I mean nobody, was happy with the compromising decisions that had to be made but thank goodness our elected representatives had the courage to make the unpopular decisions necessary to stop the free fall. I do wish the Republicans had been more fully on board but they have damaged their brand by taking such an obstructionistic approach once they lost political power. It is apparent now, and will be more apparent later as the details emerge, just how dangerous the Republican position was during the most crucial crisis this nation has faced in over half a century. As anyone who has to make a living knows, or anyone concerned about the national debt levels, we are not out of the woods and our financial situation remains perilous, even if stabilized. However, investors, notoriously conservative individuals and institutions, are telling us they see better things ahead for this nation. Bloomberg Financial Services, a conservative financial firm, is suggesting that our third quarter gross domestic product (GDP) grew 3.2%, an astounding number considering all of the pessimism in the country. The financial numbers, on which investors base their decisions, are telling a very different story than what the media seems to report. Investors are saying that we are turning around and headed toward better financial times. Since Republicans have been very quick to say that President Obama “owns” the economy (I do not blame them for wanting to distance themselves from their record), we should thank him and his administration for saving this nation from a disaster we do not even want to image. President Obama found it necessary to turn our financial house around without any help from Republicans over the last ten months. It has been Democrats who have been fighting to save this country, and it looks like they have done so, even while Republicans and the Fox channel berated every step they took. So, when you look at your retirement account and see the dramatic gains, remember to thank a Democrat.

3A Giving a hand to small business “.. the success of our small businesses will be a foundation upon which our future prosperity is built,”

The House Small Business Committee, on which I serve, and the Obama administration took steps last week to help small businesses that have been harder hit by the economic slowdown. I was proud that the Small Business Committee approved legislation that will create as much as $44 billion in lending and investment to small businesses. That additional investment will create or save up to 1.3 million jobs a year. This legislation overhauls government lending and investment in small businesses for the first time in more than a decade. It will cut red tape for small businesses to obtain government loans, lower fees on many loans, and increase the maximum amount of allocations for Small Business Administration loans to $3 million. The bill additionally extends a number of temporary programs that were created for small businesses earlier this year, including fee waivers for governmental lending programs. The legislation also raises the limit of interest-free loans available to small businesses that are struggling financially to $50,000. The House is expected to take a vote this week on these measures. President Obama announced his own steps to increase lending to small

businesses last week, including a request to Congress to raise the cap on Small Business Administration loans. He also proposed lowering the rates for banks to borrow money through the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) specifically to provide loans to small businesses. “Of all the steps we’re taking to move this economy from recession to recovery, I continue to believe that the success of our small businesses will be a foundation upon which our future prosperity is built,” President Obama said at a press conference in Maryland last week. Congress has bailed out Wall Street, General Motors and Chrysler, but we can do more to spur the economy by allocating resources to small businesses. Smaller companies provide the lion’s shares of the jobs in the United States, but have been hit harder by the weak economy than larger corporations. Increasing access to loans and other capital can help small businesses thrive and hopefully aid new entrepreneurs as they work to build the next generation of businesses. One reason I asked to sit on the Small Business Committee, and now chair a subcommittee, was to ensure that Congress pays more attention to this vital segment of our economy.

Funding Energy Innovation In other action last week, the House passed the Solar Technology Roadmap Act, HR 3585, which lays a long-term plan for our nation’s research and development into solar power. The bill will form a committee to forecast the research and development needs for short and long-term solar technology. The committee will create an investment roadmap which will direct government spending and allow the U.S. to develop the superior solar technology. The legislation authorizes spending of at least $350 million per year on solar research that will be conducted in partnership with the private sector. The funding will create at least 10 medium-sized and three large demonstration projects. Solar power can provide a sustainable energy source for the United States, as well as reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Ensuring Security in our Waters Additionally, the House passed the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 that provides about $10 billion for the agency. The legislation raises the Coast Guard’s end strength by 1,500 members to 47,000 and adds life-saving provisions to improve safety requirements on cruise ships.

From the desk of Heath Shuler Congressman Shuler Applauds Agencies Working Together on I-40 Clean Up

Congressman Heath Shuler applauded the U.S. Forest Service and the North Carolina Department of Transportation for their quick cooperation to speed up the removal of the debris caused by Sunday’s rock slide that has closed Interstate 40 near the Tennessee line. The Forest Service has given DOT emergency access to its property that will enable it to begin removing rubble from the top of the slide. Rubble from

the slide will be deposited in private offsite location and if that fills up, the Forest Service has offered to make arrangements to store excess debris on its own property. “It’s heartening to see two government agencies working through bureaucratic obstacles to help reopen I-40 as soon as possible. This is a vital highway for our region, and I will do everything I can to assist these agencies in whatever they need,” said Congress-

man Shuler, D-Waynesville. Transportation officials said it may take months for all the debris to be cleared from I-40. The state DOT issued an emergency declaration on Sunday and advised that drivers from Asheville traveling west detour to I-26 West to I-81 South in Tennessee and then back to I-40. For more information, contact the North Carolina Department of Transportation

Congressman Heath Shuler urged the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that rural areas receive their share of the H1N1 vaccine, which remains in short supply during the start of this year’s flu season. “A lack of access to health care is already a major problem in rural areas, such as Western North Carolina, which I represent. It is critical that those in rural areas have equal access to the H1N1 vaccine,” Congressman Shuler, D-Waynesville, wrote in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Friday. Vaccine production for the H1N1

flu virus has fallen behind schedule, according to federal health officials. Originally predicting that 120 million doses of the vaccine would be available by now, the current estimate is that only 30 million will be available by the end of October. Some hospitals, schools and clinics in Western North Carolina have reported receiving limited amounts of vaccine while others have ample supplies. But when vaccines run out in rural areas, people must drive much further to find alternative supplies, and those without access to transportation can be denied treatment.

Congressman Shuler also asked federal officials to do everything possible to speed up the production of H1N1 flu vaccines. “I strongly urge you to increase production of H1N1 vaccines, and to request that you direct the Centers for Disease Control to work with state Health Departments to ensure sufficient distribution to rural areas,” Congressman Shuler wrote. “Please take the necessary steps to ensure that every at-risk patient can be given this lifesaving, preventative treatment.”

Rep. Shuler Asks Administration to Ensure More H1N1 Vaccine for Rural Areas

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Wednesday October 28, 2009

Many families are hungry and hurting This year, not everyone in Clay County will sit down to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and all the trimmings. For some, it will be a meal of Spam, cabbage and beans or maybe not even that. While Thanksgiving marks a festive time of year, the beginning of the holiday season when cold is turned into the warmth of a fireplace, and good cheer abounds, for those who have lost jobs, many of

their families will be unable to afford the simplest pleasures of the holiday season. The Clay County Food Pantry has been helping to fill the void of those having difficulty making ends meet throughout the year. The Pantry distributes food (one box to a family of 1, 2 or 3) weekly to those who qualify.   Volunteers working there are  trying to make a difference this Thanksgiving

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by providing turkeys or large hens in the boxes of food that are to be distributed the week before Thanksgiving. The number of families seeking help from the food pantry has increased dramatically over the past year by at least a third. Currently, the pantry is supplying about 290 boxes of food per week.  Your help is desperately needed to provide these families with turkeys or hens for the Thanksgiving meal.       Please make someone happy this holiday donating a Turkey/s or Hen/s (frozen) to the Food Pantry on any Friday between 9AM or 1PM.  If you want to make a donation, that would also be a blessing to these families who are struggling.  If you are unable to bring your gift to the Pantry on one of these Fridays but could leave a turkey or donation with a food pantry board member please contact Mr. Fred Sickle (828-389-9229).   Let’s make it a “Happy”Thanksgiving, for all.

the grandmother. They had just moved there almost a year ago. The next day was to be the day that someone would be murdered on the same day, hour and minute. That night when Tina went to bed, she slept like a baby. Her grandmother didn't though. She knew that someone was to be dying tomorrow, and she didn't want to die. The grandmother knew what she had to do. She had to kill Tina at the right time. Then she wouldn't have to die. The next morning when Tina woke up, she had the chills. She didn't know why, but she just did. The grandmother wanted to take Tina shopping, so Tina thought, you know, why not? After they went to the mall, they went to a gun store. Tina didn't really know why they went there, but she just went along with it since her grandmother had taken her shopping. Her grandmother bought a couple of knives since guns were too expensive to be used just once. The grandmother said the knives were good for kitchen knives. So, Tina went with it again. That night when she went to bed, she fell asleep right away. Her grandmother walked into her. It was 11:59 p.m. It was time, so the grandmother stabbed Tina. Presented by the Clay County The sound of the cutting didn't Chamber of Commerce sound so pleasant, but the grandmothSaturday. October 31st er wouldn't know because at the same 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. time, she felt a powerful thrust into her We ask that each child bring one own back, and then she was out for the canned food to contribute to the Clay count. County Food Pantry. Bins will be placed Scary story--7th Grade around the square for drop off. By Raegnog Mateo DONATIONS & CANDY ACOne night, two teens were walking CEPTED AT CHAMBER OFon an old country road. A girl named FICE DURING THE MONTH OF Samara and a boy named Dameion. It OCTOBER MON-FRI 9-5 was 9:30 at night and they were the only For more information Contact the ones walking down the road (or so they Chamber at 828-389-3704 Costume thought). Dameian had asked Samara Contest for Kids 12 and Under at 6 for a date, and all was going well until p.m. they heard a noise in the woods. There Games, prizes, Candy, Apple Cider, had been stories about an old dead guy Popcorn, Hot Dogs, and cold drinks. who kidnapped young girls and made

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Arthur Bradley

Arthur Bradley, age 75, of Hayesville, NC passed away Wednesday, October


21, 2009 at the Clay County Care Center in Hayesville, NC.    He was a native of Towns County, GA and the son of the late Ebb and Leva Salinda Nichols Bradley. He was a retired residential carpenter. Arthur loved to fish and was an avid NASCAR enthusiast. He was a hard worker who made friends easily and has several to show for it.        In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Charlie Bradley; sister, Beluah Guffey and granddaughter, Briana Moore.      He is survived by a son, George Bradley of Hayesville, NC; a daughter,

Herman Arthur Hughes

Herman Arthur Hughes, age 78 of Hayesville, NC passed away Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at Stephens County Hospital in Toccoa, GA.  He was a native of Cherokee County, NC; son of the late Clingmon and Hattie Bishop Hughes. Herman retired from the US Air Force in 1968. In addition to his parents he was

preceded in death by his first wife and the mother of his children, Lynn Hughes; second wife, Thelma Brendle Hughes and  his only brother, Robert C. Hughes who passed away May 27, 2009. He is survived by one son, Dana Hughes and his wife, Tracy of Toccoa, GA; four daughters, Donna Victo-

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Anita Hicks and her husband, Roger of Hiawassee, GA; a sister, Mary Allison of Hayesville, NC; two grandsons, Trey Moore of Marble, NC and Dalton Hicks of Hiawassee, GA; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.      Funeral Services were held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, October 24, 2009 at Townson-Rose, Frank Rose Sr. Memorial Chapel in Hayesville, NC. Rev. Eugene Freeman and Rev. Curtis Ledford officiating. Music was provided by  James Goodwin and family. Burial was in the Oak View Baptist Church Cemetery in Hayesville, NC.   Pallbearers were Billy Allison, Kim Jones, Nick Jones, Roger Hicks, Trey Moore and

Danny Moore.        The family received friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Friday, October 23, 2009 at the Townson Rose,  Frank Rose Sr. Memorial Chapel in Hayesville, NC.      In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in memory of Arthur Bradley  to the Oak View Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Dorothy Ledford, 3541 Downings  Creek Road,  Hayesville, NC 28904.      You may send tributes to the Bradley  family at or view other obits at       Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

rino and her husband, George, Darlene Shinn and her husband, Robert  and Dawn Brownwood and her husband, Mark all of California and Diana Rowe and her husband, Michael of Indiana; three sisters, Anna Margaret Hughes Arrant and Betty Jo Hughes Wilson both of Murphy, NC and Stella Louise Hughes Carter of Tennessee; several grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service was held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, October 17, 2009 at Murphy Free Methodist Church. Pastor Ricky Wilson officiated. You may send tributes to the Hughes family at or view other obits at Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

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REACH Poetry Prose and Poster contest winner

The winner of the Poetry Prose and Poster Contest in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month was Alicia Snow with the following poem. Reach would like to thank the Cottage Salad Station Mkt and Deli for their generous gift card for this winner.

The Only Way Out by Alicia Snow You tell me that you love me, Then you say goodbye. You tell me that you love me, Then you black my eye. You tell me that you need me, Then you leave me far behind. You tell me that you need me, And it will only happen that one time. One time turned into five, And five into ten.

You keep telling me your sorry, That it will never happen again. So I forgive you another time, Run into your arms, as I start to cry. I never thought as a child, That love could be so cruel. I used to believe in happily-ever-after, And treasure chests filled with jewels, But the world of this crazy-love, Has started to take its toll. The life that I thought I’d be living, Has turned into the saddest role. When will this pain stop? Does the feeling ever go away? How could I love someone who hurts me, In every single way. The burn of your tongue scolding my ear, The thrust of your hands, That I have come to fear. I sit and pray that my love will fade,

That I will learn to hate you, In every single way. I’ve heard the worst, Is still yet to come. The only way to escape this love, Is to learn and leave the woman I’ve become. So I say goodbye, as the tears burn down my face, And the further I get away from you, Finally feels like the end of this evil lifeless race. So to all the women out there, Hurting each and every day. The only advice I can give you is; The way out may feel painfully hard at first, But that pain will go away. Unlike the life of abusive love, That is worst, and will always leave you hurt. Take that woman back, The one you were meant to become, And walk away from that life of war, Because it is a battle That can never be won.

Best Books for Young Adults. Maureen Johnson’s “Devilish”--A clever take on selling your soul to the devil, Lindsay Moran’s “Blowing My Cover-My Life As A CIA Spy”--First hand account of the life of a street-level CIA covert operator. Melody Carlson’s “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” (the first in the series),  plus all four books in “The Chloe Miller” series.

S.E. Hinton’s “The Outsiders”....a forty year old classic. Rick Riordan’s “The Lightning Thief ”--a fast paced quest of heroism. Christopher Paolini’s “Eldest” and “Eragon” Orson Scott Card’s “Magic Street”, “Ender’s Game”, “Xenocide”, “Children of the Mind” and “Speaker For The Dead”....all fantasy thrillers. Bethany Hamilton’s “Soul Surfer”-A true story of faith, family and surf-

Punkin Chunkin Contest. The evening will close with the Ms.Chunkin Womanless Pageant at 6PM and Punkin Chunkin Street Dance. You can pre-order your 1st Annual Punkin Chunkin t-shirt by coming by the Chamber Office; these t-shirts will be available for $12.00, and will most defiantly be collector ’s items. If you would like to support this event and have your company name included on the back a few sponsor spots left, please

contact us for information. Realizing that this is the first year for this event make sure to come out, so that you can watch it grow, last year Bob LeKites started this thinking that only two teams would show up, 5 teams and about 200 spectators later, the Hayesville Punkin Chunkin Fest was born! The Chamber has taken over this event with Bob’s help hoping to turn this into a full-fledged weekend festival. Drawing tourist from surrounding areas, to come visit Hayesville, shop in our stores, dine in our restaurants and stay in our accommodations.   November 9th is our next business after hours this will be hosted by the Merchants of Brasstown, please

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William R.& Denise M.Woods sold 2.09 acres, Lot 3 (Shelton Springs/Rutherford Hills) in Hayesville Township to Jason Allen & Sherry Lynn Demas for $ 250,000 on October 19, 2009. Leon R. & Irene L. Penland sold 1.97 acres in Shooting Creek Township to Truett Baptist Association of Churches, Inc. for $ 550,000 on October 21, 2009. William Richard Boyd, Jr.-TR and Robert R.,Chancy, Jr. & Kathleen D.

Chancy sold 0.989 acres, Lots 5 & 5A (McIntosh Cove) in Hiawassee Township to Bank of Hiawassee for $400,000 on October 22, 2009. Dennis & Pamela B. Patterson sold 0.79 acres, Lot 2; 0.35 acres (Vineyard Creek Properties) in Shooting Creek to Bascom Murray Tucker II & Elizabeth A. Tucker for $ 175,000 on October 23, 2009.

Romulus Albert Ray, 48, of Brasstown, NC was arrested for driving while impaired on October 19, 2009 and released on October 19, 2009. Jimmy C. Mull, 41, of Murphy, NC was arrested for failure to pay support on October 21, 2009. William Caleb Campbell, 23, of Murphy, NC was arrested for driving while license revoked on October 23, 2009 and released on October 24, 2009. William Howard Gibson, 39, of Hayesville, NC was arrested for communicating threats, assult on female on October 23, 2009 and released on October 25, 2009. John L. Rickman, 43, of Hayesville, NC was arrested for failure to pay support on October 23, 2009 and released on October 23, 2009. Trevor James Shook, 28, of Young Harris, GA was arrested for reckless

driving to endanger, driving while impaired on October 23, 2009 and October 23, 2009. James Anthony Allen, 50, of Andrews, NC was arrested for driving while impared on October 24, 2009 and released October 24, 2009. Christopher Lee Lindsey, 23, of Hayesville, NC was arrested for driving while impaired, reckless driving to endanger on October 24, 2009 and released on October 24, 2009. Tracy Joy Shook, 38, of Hayesville, NC was arrested for comunicating threats on October 24, 2009 and released on October 24, 2009. Jason Wesley Morrow, 24, of Murphy, NC was arrested for misdemeanor larceny, possession stolen good/property on October 25, 2009 and released on October 25, 2009.

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Anthony Charles Graham, 22, of Acworth, GA and Amanda Lyn Bohannon, 19, of Canton, GA were united in marriage on October 17, 2009.

Crimestoppers Tips for a safe Halloween By: Sherriff Joe Shook Columnist

Soon our streets will be scattered with little ghosts, goblins and witches trick-or-treating this Halloween. Halloween should be filled with surprise and enjoyment, and following some common sense pracing Dawn Fitzgerald’s “Soccer Chick tices can keep events safer and more fun. Rules” I would like to remind all Clay Esther Friesner’s “Tempting Fate” Shannon Greenland’s “Model Spy” County residents to follow these safety and “The Specialists” (Teens under- tips: Motorists: cover) ·Watch for children darting out Anonymous’ “Go Ask Alice”--For 35 years the best selling account of a from between parked cars. · Watch for children walking on teenage girl’s descent into the world of roadways, medians and curbs. drugs and addiction. · Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully. come out and support this area of Clay · At twilight and later in the eveCounty also. Bring your business cards! ning, watch for children in dark Good food, good fun and Great Netclothing. working – it’s what we do here at the Parents: Chamber. And of course you can’t win · Make sure that an adult or an older the $275.00 if you’re not there! This is responsible youth will be the time in which you must get your supervising the outing for children business names out there and the best under age 12. way to do this is by being involved with · Plan and discuss the route trick-orthe Chamber. Volunteering Spontreaters intend to follow. soring and taking advantage of our Know the names of older children’s Chamber Events. companions.   THINK LOCAL! SHOP LO· Instruct your children to travel CAL! only in familiar areas and along an esMarcile Smith, Executive Director tablished route. Clay County Chamber of Com· Teach your children to stop only at merce houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit and never to enter a stranger’s home. · Establish a return time. · Tell your youngsters not to eat any treat until they return home.

New arrivals for young adults at Moss Memorial

Our Library is expanding the young adult section due in part to funding by the “Friends of the Library”. There are dozens of new titles....listed below are a few: Shanna Swendson’s “Enchanted Inc.”--An hilarious look at the magical kingdom of Manhattan. Alyson Noel’s “Evermore”--The first book in the Immortals Series. Sarah Dessen’s “The Truth About Forever” was in the top ten of the ALA


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· Review all appropriate trick-ortreat safety precautions, including pedestrian/traffic safety rules. · Pin a slip of paper with the child’s name, address and phone number inside a pocket in case the youngster gets separated from the group. While Trick-or-Treating: · Do not enter homes or apartments without adult supervision. · Walk; do not run, from house to house. Do not cross yards and lawns where unseen objects or the uneven terrain can present tripping hazards. · Walk on sidewalks, not in the street. · Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic if there are no sidewalks. Homeowners/Decorations: · Keep candles and Jack O’ Lanterns away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame. · Remove obstacles from lawns, steps and porches when expecting trick-or-treaters. · Keep candles and Jack O’ Lanterns away from curtains, decorations and other combustibles that could catch fire. · Do not leave your house unattended. Halloween is a fun time in Clay County, but let’s make it a safe time as well. The major dangers are not from witches or spirits but rather from falls and pedestrian/car crashes.

For many years the staff at Townson-Rose Funeral Home, LLC has been aware that there is a group of people in our community who devote their time and skills to their profession with very little recognition. They are called “the first responders.” These men and women include law enforcement officers, 911 personnel, fire fighters and rescue squad volunteers. For the past 11 years they have honored these self-sacrificing professionals by serving them lunch. This past September 11th, they served more than 500 first responders and their families in Cherokee and Clay counties. Townson-Rose Funeral Home, LLC… They give back to the community.


Wednesday October 28, 2009

Upcoming Events One Dozen Who Care,

Instructor, Jamie Wrigley, will conduct the following computer classes in the Training Center at One Dozen Who Care, Inc, (ODWC): Basic Computer: Mondays, September 14, 21, 28 and October 5, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., $5 for classroom materials. Introduction to Microsoft Word: Wednesdays, September 16, 23, 30 and October 7, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, $5 for classroom materials Introduction to Excel: Thursdays, September 17, 24, and October 8, 15, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. $5 for classroom materials Grant Writing: Instructor Howard Scott, Monday, September 21 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Registration fee $10 ODWC Training Center is located at 65 Wilson Street, Suite 6, Andrews, between Dollar General and PJs Pizza. Space is limited. To register, please call 828-321-2273, leave a message and you will receive a callback to confirm, or call 828-361-1941. One Dozen Who Care, Inc. (ODWC) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit Community Development Corporation in Andrews. The mission of ODWC is to strengthen local leadership and create strong community bonds through common cultural situations.

Yard Sale

Announces a huge multi-family yard sale on Saturday, Oct 24 from 8 AM until ? in the parking lot of McConnell Mem. Baptist Church, downtown Hiawassee. Furniture, clothing, crafts, appliances, computer accessories, home décor, sports equipment and more. This sale is for the benefit of James Vandereedt, to help with expenses from his recent liver transplant. Jim is enrolled in the Georgia Transplant Foundation s Fundraising Program, which will match, dollar for dollar, everything we raise. Please come and help us raise this much needed money for Jim’s ongoing expenses…mark your calendar!

Our State

This month, UNC-TV’s Emmy® Awardwinning Our State returns for its fifth season. The new season’s debut episode, Thursday, October 8, at 8 PM, takes you through mountain valleys near Blowing Rock, where steam whistles still sound at Tweetsie Railroad, one of North Carolina’s best-loved attractions. Years back, two visionary entrepreneurs saved engines 12 and 190 from the scrap pile to serve as centerpieces of a recreated Old West. See how they industriously maintain these engines to transport passengers to yesteryear. Next, plein air painter John Silver

compellingly captures beach life with fresh eyes on every new canvas. Then, discover Morris Dancing, a style that traces its evolution from America to England and eventually back to 15th Century Moors in Spain. Watch the Brasstown Dancers perform vibrant interpretations of historic folk life as groups prepare to perform at Asheville’s Grove Park Inn. Each week, compelling stories, stunning digital videography and thoughtful narration take you behind the scenes for a look at all the people and places that make our state great. From Bald Head Island to Grandfather Mountain, with gingerbread, peanuts and Cheerwine along the way, the new season of Our State promises more in-depth encounters with unusual places, interesting faces and indigenous tastes. UNC-TV produces Our State in partnership with Our State magazine and the generous support of BB&T.

Annual Banquet

Come celebrate the precious gift of life on November 5 and support the Woman’s Enrichment Center (WEC) through their annual fund-raising banquet. This year’s banquet, Touching One Life at a Time, will feature guest speaker George Escobar, Founder and President of Advent Film Group which produced the movie Come What May. He will address how choosing what’s right is never easy…but always worth the cost. The banquet will be held Thursday November 5th at 6:30 PM at the House of Prayer Fellowship Hall in Blairsville, GA; and will also include dinner, a moving musical performance and testimonials from clients about how their lives were changed. The banquet raises funds for the Woman’s Enrichment Center of Blairsville, GA , the Woman’s Enrichment Center of Andrews, NC, Life Images Ultrasound, and the “You are Unique” abstinence program. WEC provides assistance for unplanned pregnancies, life skills and abortion recovery. “Last year about 700 people attended our banquet; and we pray for a larger turnout this year. The financial support provided by those attending this banquet is key to continuing our ministry and service to the local communities.” said Chris Scoggins, Executive Director of the WEC. Scoggins added the “WEC is also seeking sponsors and volunteers to support our center in our efforts to provide unique services to women, mothers and their families, and to protect the sacred value of human life.” For tickets or sponsorship, contact WEC at 706-835-1252, or see your church liai-


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.

Assault Support

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alzheimer's Support

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

Body Sculpting Class

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

Divorce Seminar

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

Artist of the Month demonstrating at Artworks Beginning Saturday, October 31, the work of Verlee Jones will be featured at ArtWorks Artisan Centre. Her work will be on display thru November. Jones will be at ArtWorks Saturday, October 31 from 1:00-4:00 .Make plans to visit with this talented artist who will be demonstrating her painting techniques. ArtWorks is located behind the Holiday Inn Express at 308 Big Sky Drive. Jones is always experimenting with different types of surfaces when she paints. She also likes to work in a variety of mediums including oils, acrylics, and watercolors. She specializes in watercolor painting on Japanese rice paper. Jones also enjoys painting using the techniques of decorative painters. This Blue Ribbon winner is not only talented but very versatile as well. Her training has been thru local art classes as well as from some internationally known art instructors. Jones is a member of PAPOSA, Mountain Regional Arts and Crafts Guild, Society of Decorative Painters, and the Cherokee Trails Decorative Painters. Mark you calendar and plan to stop by ArtWorks Saturday, October 31. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and chat with this talented artist. This event is sponsored by Mountain Regional Arts and Crafts Guild, Inc.

Smoky Mountain Boys coming to Brasstown Coming from the Great Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina, this group performs true bluegrass-gospel music the way it was meant to be done! They hit #1 on the Bluegrass Now Gospel Truths Chart in 1999 with their song, “Prayer Grounds”. More information about this dynamic group can be found This concert will be similar to the summertime Community Center concerts in Brasstown. The group will play 2 sets of approximately 45 minutes each with a break in the middle. Refreshments will be available for purchase. For preferred seating, buy your tickets in advance at CLAY’S CORNER for only $5.00 !

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

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


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

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

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

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.

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

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

Alzheimer's Group

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

Oil Painting Classes

Fellowship Weekly

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

Cancer support group

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

Square Dance Classes

Brasstown Suppers

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

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.


   Saturday, October 17 at 2:00 p.m. Giff Beaton, author, speaker, photographer, birder, pilot, world traveler and recipient of the Earl R. Greene Memorial award of the Georgia Ornithological Society will speak at Moss Memorial Library in Hayesville, N.C.  He will present a program on his recent book titled “Dragonflies and Damselflies of Georgia and the Southeast”.     This author has channeled his knowledge and photographic expertise into the creation of this one of a kind reference book.  Most of the photos in this book are his own and showcase his talent for capturing nature at its best.  This publication illustrates the vast number of different Dragonflies one never realizes occupy our world.  Giff, also, authored “Birding Georgia” and co-authored “Birds of Georgia”.  His photography has appeared in many books and national magazines.  He is active in several local birding organizations and has earned widespread recognition for his outstanding nature slide presentations.      For information call:  (828) 389-8401                             Refreshments will be provided Funded by:  The Fred A. Moss Charity Trust

Haunted House

Haunted House Opens Oct. 22 Face your fears this Halloween in Peachtree. Back after a long break, this Haunted House is sure to scare. Open October 22-24 and 27-31 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. $5 per person Hwy 141 in Peachtree, 1 mile from Murphy Medical Center

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

Food Addicts

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

Our annual Blacksmith Auction presents some of the finest artist blacksmith and other fine craft items for sale. Proceeds benefit the 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


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

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

Intermediate Bridge Intermediate Bridge is being played

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

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

Amateur Radio

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

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

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

Blue Ridge MOAA

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

Veteran Consultant

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

Granny's Attic

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

Library Book Store

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

Arts & Crafts Guild

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

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. Luncheon will be catered by Shoebooties. Along with making a take home craft, there will be door prizes, music, fellowship and inspiration.  Music will be provided by Tony Prescott of Murphy.  Guest speaker, Rose Lewis of Mansfield, Georgia, will inspire the group with her story, “A Bouquet of Roses, Thorns Included!”  You won’t want to miss as Rose uses silk roses to illustrate different parts of her story and how the thorns of life can definitely get our attention and change lives. Reservations (and cancellations) will be taken by Linda at 828-837-2305 through Monday, 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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REACH Thrift Store

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

CCCC Auxillary

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

Merchants Assoc.

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

Tusquittee Community Organization

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

Game Day

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

Blue Ridge MOAA

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

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



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 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 1985 Honda Shadow VT 1100 CC 7,500 orig. miles, garage kept since new. $2,500 OBO 706-492-9683 LP Gas Tank 250 gallon with approximately 70 gallons of gas. $400 Call 239-822-8218. 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.


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. Wanted: Someone with a Wood Splitter to cut up wood for a fireplace. A tree that is already cut into pieces about 30 inches across. Good Pay Call 828-389-4406 WANTED – Small to med. poplar trees. Also used boards, 2 by’s, roofing tin. 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

700- Miscellaneous FREE: Blue glass medicine bottles to a collector, also FREE a stack of popular sheet music dating back to the 1940’s. 828-389-4406

800-Animals 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. All 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 Cocker Spaniels AKC ,11 weeks. F/M, Tails docked, Dews removed, dewormed. Up to date shots. Puppy kits, state licensed, parents on-site. $350 Cash Lori 706-745-8101 charm38@ 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/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 BR 1 Bath Lakeview on Highway 175 $400 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 3BR/2BA Lakeview on Hwy 175, $700 per 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. # 2 BR 1 BA Mobile home for rent in Hiawassee. $375 per month or $100 per week. Plus $200 deposit. Call 706-835-6561. 2 BR 1 BA Mobile Home for rent in Hiawassee. $350 per month. Plus $200 deposit. No Pets Please. Call 706-835-6561. 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


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.

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


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Buy, Buy, Lease, Build New homes available for purchase now or you may lease for a year with the option to buy. All rent goes toward purchase price and maintenance and trash pick-up is included.

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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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The following positions are available


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Smoky Mountain Sentinel Wednesday October 28, 2009

Scary Stories Continued:

"I want your soul," the doctor said. The chain saw started again. Dameion grabbed Samara and they ran into a dark room and slammed the door closed. Dameion felt abound for the light switch, found it and turned on the light. Samara screamed.There was a corpse on the ground. Maggots crawled in and out of the eye sockets. Spiders came out of its mouth. A snake slithered in its nose and out its ears. Samara opened a closet door. Dameion could see the hair stand up on the back of Samara's head. Inside the closet was a hand in a jar, a brain in a jar and the corpse's eyes in a jar. "BAM" Sathein kicked the door down. Dameion picked up a spade and swung it at Sathein. He fell to the ground, but got back up. "Stupid mortal, you can't kill me. I'm already dead," he said. The doctor then picked up the chain saw and cut Dameion in half, which killed him. Samara's heart was broken in two. Somehow, she got up the courage to get up and fight back. She spotted some gasoline, which she took and poured all over the room. Then she took a match from her pocket and struck it. "What was supposed to be my first date, turned into a horror movie from hell," she moaned. As the doctor smiled his moldy grin, Samara dropped the match on the gasoline floor and then ran. The night sky lit up with the light given off from the flames. "It's over. It's finally over,"cried Samara. "Rest in Peace, Dameion," she said. "I will never forget you." "It will never be   over little girl," shouted Sathein.  " No, no, no," cried Samara. She got away, but she was so shocked that she had to spend the next ten years of her life in a different insane asylum. Some people say that they don't

believe in ghosts. That's what Samara once said. And you can see what happened to her and where she is now. Have a nice Halloween.

Lover’s fever - 2nd Place By Isaac Nicholson

In 1865, you could see the turning wheels of a carriage riding down the dirt roads of Kentucky. The carriage makes a small stop at a saloon. A fancy rich man gets out of the carriage and pays the driver. The man walks into the saloon and everybody inside stares at him. He walks up to the bar and says, "Do you have any water here?" The bartender answers, "Yes, we do, sir." "Well, could I have some," the rich man replies. "Coming right up." The bartender soon returns and says, "Here you go. What's your name, stranger?" "Charles," answered the rich man. "You ain't from around here are ya." "No sir, I'm from England. I want to find a new life here." "Where ya headin?" "I think it's called Thornbush Forest," he answered. "I'd think twice about moving there if I were you. Cause strange things have been going on there." "Like what?" the rich man asked. "Like a mysterious fog going around the place and people going looney and crazy for some weird reason." "Sorry, sir, but I'm not afraid of some old stories," the rich man said. As he started to walk out of the saloon, the bartender yelled behind him, "Don't say I didn't warn you." As Charles was soon driven to his future house, he did notice an odd fog growing around the forest as soon as he entered. He soon came to his house and saw something he liked, " A barn, well this is something I did not expect," he said to himself. "The old man who sold me this house was a dullard." Charles went inside the barn and

was even more excited. There was a beautiful and healthy horse standing in a stall. Soon, Charles went to see the house. Once he looked over the house and rooms fairly well, he decided he should get some sleep. While he was going up a staircase on the way to his room, he noticed there was blood stains on the walls. "It's probably just dry rot,' he assured himself. Charles made his way to his room and got on his night clothes. Soon, he was fast asleep. "BANG." There was a loud banging noise as Charles woke up in the middle of the night. Quickly, he grabbed a lantern and rushed outside. The noises were coming from the barn. he trotted to the barn and saw that his horse was making the noise. He calmed her down and when he thought that everything was all right, he heard a faint sound. "Hello," the voice said behind him. He quickly turned around to see a quite pretty but poor woman. "Who are you," he asked. "I'm Sandra," she said. "I was in the forest trying to find a place to sleep. I had seen your barn and thought I could sleep here." Even though Charles wasn't very fond of the poor, he felt a strange love and attraction to her. Sandra automatically fell in love with him. "Fine, you can spend the night here," he told her. All through the rest of the night, he thought about how much he loved her. By morning he made up his mind that he was going to marry her. At noon the next day, they were married and that very day she moved into the house. Charles went to town to get some supplies, but on his way back home, he thought about Sandra. he started thinking about all the dangers that could happen to her like bears and wild wolves or wild dogs or anything. he hurried home and dashed inside. Sandra was sitting on a rocking chair reading.

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Charles locked all the doors and windows in the house, but he still didn't feel like she was protected. "Is something wrong," she asked him. "Yes. There is something wrong," he yelled. You're not safe. How do I protect you? Wait." Charles ran up to his room and got a knife, "The only way to fully protect you is to make sure you are not around," he said. "What are you doing," she screamed. "I'm protecting you," he yelled back. "Ahhhhhhhhhhh!" That was the last time Charles heard her voice. Some locals heard her screams and reported Charles. He was sentenced to be hanged until dead for the murder of an innocent girl. Even now some people still hear Sandra's screams and see a weird figure walking into the distance where the saloon had once stood.

An Unforgettable Visit By Shannon L. Fleitas - 7th Grade

Once there was a little girl who was about 12 years old and wasn't afraid of anything (or so she thought). She lived in a two-story house and had no brothers or sisters. her house was way, way, way out in the middle of nowhere in the mountains. She had no pets and lived with just her mom. Her mom was a scientists, who had studied animals and at this time was on a trip studying a strange animal sighting about 15 miles away from her own house. The little girl's name is Jenny. This is her story. Jenny had just finished Cross Country practice and was going to eat. She went to a Chinese restaurant, and ate sushi, her favorite. After dinner, she paid the bill and got a fortune cookie. She opened it and read this, "You'll get an unexpected surprise soon." She thought to herself, "I hope my mom comes home from that trip because I really miss her." Afterwards, she went outside to get her bike to ride home. She was riding home when all of a sudden she hit something. it was a dog (or at least she thought it was). She was too far from town to get help and it was getting dark fast. Rain clouds were starting to gather, and she felt tiny rain drops on her so she decided to take the animal home and see what she could do. Since her mom was an animal scientist, Jenny knew a lot about animals, and her mom kept equipment for dealing with this kind of stuff. She rushed home and lay it gently on the dining room table. Then she examined it. She thought it looked like some kind of hybrid. The animal had a big face and broad chest. It had thick fur and was gangly looking. She guessed it was fairly young. The fur had an onyx black color. This animal was very strange to Jenny for she had never before seen such a creature. She went to feel its pulse, but there was none. She had just killed a baby animal. She was so upset at herself that she couldn't fall asleep. She decided to go upstairs and run tests on a sample of hair from the animal using her mother's test kit.Then, about 30 minutes later, there was a flash of lightning outside and a loud shattering noise was heard from downstairs. The rain was pouring outside and it was about midnight. She got up and walked cautiously downstairs. The window pane had busted and shattered glass was everywhere. The wind and rain was rushing through the shattered window pane causing a howling noise. She looked over on the table to see that the shoe box lid that she put the little animal in was open, but the young animal was still in it. There was a very strange smell in the room, and she went over to the box to put the lid back on. Just as she grabbed the lid, something wet and gooey hit her shoulder. She touched her shoulder and felt what seemed to be saliva. It was slimy, wet and smelled revolting. She heard a low growling noise. It was the most savage ear piercing noise she had ever heard. She looked up and saw the most scary thing.There were two eyes looking straight at her with pure rancor. One was red and the other one was a yellowish red. All of a sudden it jumped from the beams above her and


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was right in front of her. It was growling and she took a step back. The creature shadowed her every move. Now that the humongous animal was visible, it was clearly nothing Jenny had ever seen before. It's canines were about four inches long and razor sharp. It was extremely large for it was about the size of a Great Dane. Its fur was a dark onyx black and its feet seemed to have a fifth claw. Its talons were about half a foot long and were extremely sharp. It kept making Jenny back up until she hit the table and fell down. She knew she couldn't turn around or else it would get her for sure. The abomination kept getting closer and closer until finally one of its talons touched her foot. She screamed and its growl became more furious then out of the corner of her eye. She couldn't believe it, but in the shoe box the little animal she gently wrapped up was moving. The monster stopped engaging her and turned all its attention upon the movement. Immediately, it jumped up and grabbed the little animal by the scuff, looked at Jenny, then growled one more time, and fled away with the animal in her mouth. She left without a trace; except for the broken glass and saliva. Now, Jenny understood that the creature was looking for its baby. She was scared stiff when the phone rang startling her. She collected herself and picked the receiver up. There was a policeman on the line and he said, "Jenny, your mom has hit a wild animal. It is like nothing we have ever seen and appears to be male." At that precise moment, Jenny went into shock. There's a male, and what if the female comes looking for him here, she thought. It had found the baby here; why not her mate as well?

Scary Story - 3rd Place By” Lakota Walker

One dark and spooky Halloween night, two thirteen year old girls named Kristen Dowdell and Chloe Lancaster were going door to door trick or treating. When they came to about the tenth house- that looked old, creepy and abandoned- they knocked on the door and yelled “ Trick or Treat.” No answer. Kristen shrugged and Chloe knocked again. No answer. But this time the door slowly crept open so they stepped in. Chloe echoed “ Hello?’ then suddenly the door slammed shut behind them and they gasped in horror. Kristen shouted “Hello? Who’s there? “ in horror. “ Hey, it’s not funny, stop!” Chloe added. “ Chloe, let’s get out of here.” Chloe nodded. The girls swiftly spun around and tugged on the door and it didn’t budge. They stopped and started again. The girls pulled with all of their strength. The door still didn’t move. They spun back around and looked around themselves. It was too dark to see anything. Kristen panted and shouted “ Chloe! “ Chloe said , “ It’s okay. Let’s just try to find a light switch,” They spread out and searched around the walls using their hands. After a few moments, Kristen said, “ Hey, I think I found it,” Chloe walked halfway across the room to Kristen and said “ Well, turn it on.” The light flickered several times, and after a moment it stayed in its place. Their jaws dropped as they peered around themselves. “Wow”, they said together to themselves. The walls around them were lined with silver and gold swirl designs with a red background. Chloe started to walk across the room then spun around so that she was walking backwards. After a moment of Chloe muttering “ Beautiful” to herself, Kristen shouted, “ Chloe!” Chloe froze and asked “What?” Kristen was speechless from fear but had to warn Chloe so she pointed behind her, mouth open. Chloe slowly turned around and slightly looked up. Behind her- floating taller than Chloe- was a slightly faded ghostly figure. Without a thought, Chloe knew what is was. A ghost. Chloe had never really believed in... ghosts, but that changed now. She too was speechless. like Kristen now. Chloe quickly spun around and Kristen and faring better than many other states, where employment rates are still higher and there is a greater shortfall in the revenues for those states. In North Carolina, nearly 270,000 jobs have been lost since the start of the recession with 230,000 of them lost since the financial crisis in October 2008. According to a forecast by UNC-C’s


she ran to the door closest to them screaming “AHHH!” The door was stuck.The first thought that came to Kristen’s mind was we’re dead. Then the girls ran to the left of the room towards an old, ragged staircase. Kristen had stepped on something that squished about two inches into the ground. When they reached staircase, Kristen looked back and realized that she had stepped on a button and the tile around was a deep red. The ghostsee through but visible- got closer. As Chloe and Kristen started to go up the stairs , the ground started to rumble around them. The ground disappeared below them and they dropped what seemed like fifteen yards.They screamed as they dropped closer to the dark ground. Soon they landed on a soft mat with a light thud. Seconds after landing, Kristen asked, “ Where are we?” not expecting Chloe to know the answer. “ Let’s just try to find a light switch again” Chloe said. Moments passed. Soon Chloe said “ Here it is”, She flipped it on, and like the other light, it flickered then stayed in its place. They exhaled in relief, but then suddenly the light switched off. The girls gasped and Chloe shouted, “ Kristen.” “Chloeeee!” Kristen shouted her voice fading quieter, Panting , Chloe looked around her. Then there it was. The same ghost that she had run from on the main floor. Chloe was speechless again and she slowly walked backwards until she was in the corner. She now crouched in the corner on the ground, head on her knees, eyes closed, hoping it would go away. She was too afraid to move so she stayed like that for awhile( about an hour) until she heard a loud thump on the wall beside her. It continued until the wall has a gaping hole in it. Behind the hole, she saw police , fireman and her mom who explained how they looked at all the house in town. On her way home, she thought about the three things she was sure of. One, ghost were real. Two, she was never going near that house again. And three, she was never going to se her best friend, Kristen again.

1928 Horror By: Haley Robinson

Strange things were happening on 6th street, like Minda Elson for instance. Ever since that poor twelve year old passed that graveyard on Nelson Drive she had been miserable. She went back to her house and died in the middle of the floor. When he step-parents found her, they called the funeral parlor and said they had no money for burial. they did have money, but they buried her in a ditch instead. Thirty years later, a boy named Dominic moved into a house on Nelson Drive. He had a paper route, The other boys told him about Minda and the ditch. They didn’t tell him that her step-parents had died 2 months after the burial. One day while Dominic was on his paper rout, he saw fog rolling in and he ignored it. He kept on peddling. a cold breeze swept over him. Dominic shivered and then as a faint figure in the distance. When he got closer he saw a girl with long wavy black hair. Dominic thought she was the most beautiful thing on earth. Then she opened her mouth and said, “ Can I have a ride to the cemetery?” her voice was eerie. She didn’t let him answer, she jumped on his bike. They were at the cemetery in 10 minutes. She walked him in.They went to the far right corner of the cemetery. Dominic passed a tombstone that said “ Minda Elsen 1928” and then he sputtered “ are you” and Minda stopped him, Yes, it’s me. Dominic said, “ I thought you were buried in a ditch.” When he turned around, Minda was gone. Even now her voice lingers in his ears and he will never forget that horrible night.

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