Cherokee County, NC


NC officials OK closing charter school for 'financial irregularities'

Raleigh, N.C. — One of the longest-operating North Carolina charter schools will relinquish its charter, after finding financial irregularities. The state Charter School Advisory Board approved The Learning Center’s request to end its operations, which the State Board of Education must approve next month. The board approved the request after a brief closed session and did not discuss the matter in open session before voting without opposition to close the school.
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OBITUARY: Carol Sue Palmer Hogsed

Carol Sue Palmer Hogsed, age 81, went to be with her Savior and Lord Jesus Christ on Saturday, May 21, 2022. Carol was a lifetime resident of Cherokee County and the daughter of the late Holt and Dixie Palmer. She was a member of Tomotla Baptist Church and loved Jesus with all her heart. She enjoyed singing gospel music and sang in a quartet for over 50 years. She loved her family, and felt blessed to prepare dinners for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Carol worked in banking for more than 40 years. She was an avid beekeeper and a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. She was also a die-hard Braves and Freddie Freeman Fan.
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Four Arrested for Drug Trafficking in Cherokee County

From top left to bottom right: David Harold Windle Jr., 44 of Murphy, NC; Erika Lynn Jordan, 39 of Murphy, NC; Melodie Ann Yocom, 38 of Murphy, NC; Rex Henry Hall II, 51 of Murphy, NC (Courtesy: Cherokee County’s Sheriff’s Office) MURPHY, N.C. (WDEF)- The Cherokee County Sheriff’s...
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Law & Order

MURPHY Stop leads to 4 busts Four people are facing meth charges thanks to their inability to drive safely. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday the arrests of Ericka Lynn Jordan…

6 Reason Why We Love Spring in the Mountains

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Tribe buys land for housing, cannabis production

Tribal Council voted last week to spend $15 million for the tribal government to acquire 95 acres of trust land for housing and cannabis production. Authorized in two separate resolutions during the May 5 Council meeting, the purchase includes the Pioneer Cherokee Motel, Hampton Inn and Chestnut Tree Inn along U.S. 19, as well as a parcel on Acquoni Road and a 37.7-acre parcel behind Harrah’s Cherokee Casino.

NC law setting minimum standards for DSS hires goes unenforced

This story was originally published by the Carolina Public Press. Editor’s note: This article is part 1 of the three-part investigative series Dodging Standards from Carolina Public Press, which examines North Carolina local social services agencies hiring workers who don’t meet minimum standards, systemic challenges in hiring for these positions, how other states avoid these concerns and what North Carolina could do differently. This project was made possible in part through financial backing from the Fund for Investigative Journalism.
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Election 2022 Profiles-Dan Eichenbaum

Dr. Dan Eichenbaum has learned to embrace the role local government plays in people’s lives. “The more experience I have, the more I realize that local government is where most of the power is,” he said. “That’s where you have the biggest chance to protect people from tyranny, and that’s really what it’s all about.”
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Election 2022 Profiles-Joe Simonds

At age 29, Joe Simonds is the youngest candidate in the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners’ race. Spurred on by a combination of duty and community encouragement, the Republican candidate believes he’s ready to take on the challenge of local government. “If I believe in the system we...
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Election 2022 Profiles-John Midkiff

John Midkiff sees a lot of untapped potential in Cherokee County. The Republican candidate for commissioner believes that with more vision and planning, the county can experience positive growth without losing its identity. “We currently have a bi-monthly plan,” Midkiff said. “Whatever happens at the (commissioners’) meeting, that’s our plan.”...
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Tent down, but revival’s not over

As storms from tornadoes hit portions of the Southeast on Friday, the wind whipped through Cherokee County and ripped apart the Gospel Tent, owned by Voice of Hope Ministries, which was located at the foot of Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel in Murphy. It was to be...
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Senior Games underway

Andrews – The forecast was iffy, but the weather turned out great for the Cherokee/Clay County Senior Games Opening Day at Andrews Recreation Park. A total of 55 senior competitors showed up for the…

Cherokee County, NC Housing Needs Assessment Survey

Economic and Workforce Development through Tri-County Community College has retained Bowen National Research to prepare a Housing Needs Assessment of Cherokee County, North Carolina. As part of this assignment, a survey is being conducted to obtain residents' and commuters' perspectives on the housing needs of the county and their current housing situations.
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Winds wipe out big tent

Murphy – The Big Gospel Tent, like The Worship Tent before it, has been filled almost nightly with folks praying, singing and praising God over the last year. While the big tent at 90 Casino Parkway…

Georgia teen arrested for making 'swatting calls' in 4 states

CANTON, Ga. - A teenager was charged after a dangerous "swatting call." The 911 call sent dozens of law enforcement officers to a home in Cherokee County. "Some called 911 said he had killed his mother, and was about to kill his two sisters. He was barricaded in the home and would shoot any law enforcement that arrived," said Cherokee County Sheriff's Office Capt. Jay Baker.
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Election 2022 Profiles-Jeff Tatham

Jeff Tatham was a relatively late entrant into the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners race. He hesitated at first because he felt like the District 1 race already featured two contrasting choices. “I actually had a lot of people come up to me and basically said, ‘I know where you...