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Suspect being held with no bond in Cherokee County murder investigation

CHEROKEE COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — A Cherokee County man has been arrested and charged with murder after a body was found over the weekend. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office says in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 25, 2022, Cherokee County Emergency Communications received a call indicating an individual at a Marble, North Carolina, residence was deceased.
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Chesterfield Fire releases new information on firefighter who died during North Carolina water rescue course

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Chesterfield Fire Department has released new information surrounding the Chesterfield Firefighter/Paramedic, 41-year-old Alicia Monahan, who died while off-duty teaching a swift water rescue training course in the Nantahala River in North Carolina. Monahan was a part of the Clover Hill Fire Station and provided more than 11 years of […]

Native plant symposium returns to Highlands Botanical Gardens

HIGHLANDS — This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Highlands Botanical Gardens and in celebration the Highlands Biological Station will resume its annual native plant symposium on Friday, Sept. 16, and Saturday, Sept. 17, at two locations in town. Guided by the theme of “60 Years of Conservation...

Cherokee School Board discusses end-of-year budget

Most of the Thursday, June 23 meeting of the Cherokee Central Schools (CCS) Board of Education was spent in a closed session to discuss personnel issues. The first part of the meeting was open and began with an update of the finances on the school and the Board. Ashford Smith, of the Cherokee Boys Club, and Howard Wahnetah, of CCS Finance, were present to offer these reports.
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Saralee “Lee” Benedict Johnson

Saralee “Lee” Benedict Johnson, age 75, of Dillard, journeyed to be with the Lord, on June 16, 2022. She was born the daughter to the late Robert Benedict and the late Louise Ellen Kellog Benedict on Jan. 2, 1947. In her professional life, she worked for herself as an artist and jeweler.
The Clayton Tribune

Jordan “Ashley” Mavity

Jordan “Ashley” Mavity passed quietly in her sleep during the early morning of June 20, 2022. Ashley, as she was known to all of her friends and family, leaves a legacy of love, peace, and gratitude. She was a serene presence, a gentle example of quiet strength, and a joy to those fortunate enough to have known her.

Across WNC, reproductive rights supporters take to the streets

Across Western North Carolina, protesters took to the streets in response to the Supreme Court’s decision on Friday to overturn the federal right to an abortion. In Sylva, the local chapter of the Women’s March organization gathered about 150 supporters of reproductive rights. BPR was at the march.

VIDEO: Miami target 2023 RB Christopher Johnson at Legends Camp

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Watch Dillard running back Christopher Johnson at the Legends Camp on Saturday. Johnson, a three-star prospect according to the 247Sports composite rankings, showcased his abilities in a number of drills led by running backs coach Kevin Smith. Johnson holds an offer from Miami in addition to...
The Clayton Tribune

Employee rescued from county trash compactor

CLAYTON– Ellie Vargas has been employed at the Chechero Recycling Center since the beginning of the year and works hard every day to do her best. On June 20, Vargas was pushing trash bags into the…