• Murphy man arrested for sexual assault of a minor

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    Murphy, NC— Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the October 1, 2020 arrest of 39-year-old Robin Farmer Stalcup, of Murphy, North Carolina on charges of sexual assault a minor child. In June 2020 a complaint was made with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office of an allegation of a sexual assault of a minor child. Pursuant to this […]

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  • Marble man arrested for sexual assault of minor

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    Murphy, NC— Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the September 28, 2020 arrest of 46-year-old Robert Eugene Barnhill, of Marble, North Carolina for charges of sexually assaulting a minor child. In May 2020 a complaint was made with the Cherokee County Department of Social Services and then to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office of an allegation of […]

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  • Andrews man arrested for child sexual assault

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    Murphy, NC— Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the September 24, 2020 arrest of 39-year-old Benito Morales Mendez, of Andrews North Carolina for sexual assault of a child. In January 2020 a complaint was made with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office of an allegation of sexual assault involving a minor child. Pursuant to this allegation, the Cherokee […]

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  • Flash flood watch issued ahead of Hurricane Sally

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    Murphy, NC –  A Flash flood watch begins on Wednesday afternoon and lasts through Friday morning for Cherokee, Clay, and Polk counties due to Hurricane Sally. The National Weather Service in Morristown has issued a: “Flash Flood Watch for portions of southwest North Carolina and east Tennessee, including the following areas, in southwest North Carolina, […]

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  • Two Blue Ridge residents arrested in Cherokee NC

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    MURPHY, N.C. – Cherokee County Sheriff Deputies discovered drugs, drug paraphernalia, stolen firearm, and cash on tow Blue Ridge, Georgia individuals while conducting a traffic stop on September 1. Law enforcement stopped Haley Farr, 21, and James Willingham, 36, and after Farr failed to stop at a red light. They shortly uncovered 8.7 oz of […]

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  • 5.1 magnitude earthquake rocks North Carolina

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    MURPHY, NC – At 8:07 a.m. on August 9, 2020, many North Carolinians were rattled by a 5.1 magnitude earthquake, originating two miles outside of Sparta, NC. According to the National Weather Service, this quake is the strongest to hit NC since 1916. It was 5.2. magnitude earthquake in Buncombe county and it toppled chimneys […]

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  • Governor Roy Cooper urges extension to the Census deadline

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    RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper joined a bipartisan coalition of governors from Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington to urge the US Census Bureau to extend the Census through October 31 to help ensure a complete count. In a signed letter to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Census Bureau […]

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  • Cherokee County NC announces fourth COVID-19 death

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    A Cherokee County resident that was previously reported to have COVID-19 has died from complications of COVID-19. This individual was in their early sixties. This is the fourth COVID-19 related death in Cherokee County. This serves as an unfortunate reminder of the seriousness that surrounds COVID-19 and the potential impacts of the virus. We as […]

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  • Cherokee County Schools following Cooper’s Plan B option

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    CHEROKEE COUNTY, N.C. – Cherokee County Schools chose to operate under N.C. Governor Roy Cooper’s Plan B scenario for the 2020-2021 school year. Under Plan B, schools must follow social distancing and safety protocols as well as a limited number of people allowed within the building. Originally, the government only permitted 50 percent capacity, but […]

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  • Cherokee County announces third COVID-19 death

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    CHEROKEE COUNTY, N.C. – A Cherokee County resident that was reported to have COVID-19 has died from complications of COVID-19. This individual was in their late eighties. This is the third COVID-19 related death in Cherokee County. This serves as an unfortunate reminder of the seriousness that surrounds COVID-19 and the potential impacts to those […]

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  • National Forests in North Carolina launch digital passes

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    Asheville, NC – July 14, 2020 –Visitors to Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests will have a convenient new way to pay day use fees at several recreation sites starting this summer with mobile passes. A new online platform allows visitors to pay day use fees using their personal computer or mobile device through Recreation.gov. There […]

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  • North Carolina requires face coverings and social distancing for schools

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    RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen were joined by education and health leaders to announce health and safety plans for K-12 public schools for the new school year. Schools will open for in-person instruction under an updated Plan B that requires face coverings […]

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  • Cherokee County announces 2nd COVID-19 death

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    CHEROKEE COUNTY, NC – A resident that was reported to have COVID-19 on Monday, June 29 has died from complications. This individual was in their late eighties. This is the second COVID-19 related death in Cherokee County. This serves as an unfortunate reminder of the seriousness that surrounds COVID-19 and the potential impacts to those […]

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  • Murphy changes Independence Day celebrations

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    MURPHY, N.C. – Murphy’s changing up its Independence Day event in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and extension of Phase 2 reopening plan. Anyone attending the show is encouraged to remain in their car and pedestrian viewers should avoid gathering in groups larger than 25 people and wear a face covering that meets CDC guidelines. […]

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