Rep. Meadows moves on to November, Palmer to remain sheriff

Election 2018, News

MURPHY, N.C. – Tuesday’s primary election yielded two tight local races and decided several other local races with no Democratic opposition moving into the November general election, according to unofficial results from the county Board of Elections.

Nationally, incumbent Mark Meadows won in a landslide over challenger Chuck Archerd both at the county level and district-wide in the Republican primary for the U.S. House of Representatives District 11. In Cherokee County, Meadows took 3,221 votes for 88.17 percent compared to Archerd’s 432 for 11.83 percent. Across the 16-county district, Meadows took 86.35 percent of the votes for a total of 35,438 votes while Archerd took 13.65 percent for 5,600 votes.

In the Democratic primary U.S. House District 11, Phillip G. Price edged out candidates Steve Woodsmall and D. Scott Donaldson. Within the district, Price garnered 13,403 votes for 40.58 percent while Woodsmall and Donaldson took 10,286 votes (31.14 percent) and 9,342 votes (28.29 percent), respectively. In Cherokee County, Price won with 204 votes (39.84 percent) compared to Woodsmall’s 162 (31.64 percent) and Donaldson’s 146 (28.52 percent). Price will go on to face Meadows in the November general.

With no Democratic opposition coming in the fall election, the sheriff’s race was decided last night as Republican incumbent Derrick Palmer defeated challenger Dan Sherrill. Sheriff Palmer received 2,732 votes for 71.50 percent while Sherrill picked up 1,089 votes for 28.50 percent.

The two closest races of the night were both for Cherokee County Board of Commissioners seats. Republican incumbent Dr. Dan Eichenbaum narrowly defeated Winfield Clonts by 40 votes for the Board of Commissioners District 4 primary. Commission Chairman Eichenbaum took a total of 1,919 votes for 50.53 percent while Clonts received 1,879 for 49.47 percent. No Democrat qualified to run the November election; therefore, Eichenbaum will retain his seat on the Board of Commissioners.

Another close commissioners race was for the District 1 seat. Republican incumbent Cal Stiles edged out challenger Tim West 1,938-1,863 (50.99 percent to 49.01 percent). Stiles will face Democrat challenger Gary James, who ran unopposed in the primary, in November’s general election.

The District 3 Board of Commissioners seat was also on the ballot last night as Republican incumbent Gary “Hippie” Westmoreland faced challenger Corey V. Bailey. Westmoreland won with 2,686 votes for 72.52 percent while Bailey took 1,018 votes for 27.48 percent. Westmoreland will also retain his seat on the board as there is no Democratic opposition in November.

Four seats on the Cherokee County Board of Education were also on the primary ballot. An At-large race featuring Republican candidates Keesha Curtis and Tylor J. Dockery saw Curtis win with 1,707 votes (51.59 percent) to Dockery’s 1,602 (48.41 percent). Curtis will face Democrat incumbent Tim Coffey, who ran unopposed in the primary, in the general election for the At-large seat on the board.

The District 3 Board of Education Republican primary saw three candidates vying for two seats from the district. In this race, the top two candidates received seats on the board. Overall, Joe Wood received the most votes with 2,481 and 42.47 percent while Mark Patterson took second with 1,767 votes and 30.25 percent. Incumbent Paul H. Brown lost his re-election bid as he finished with 1,594 votes and 27.29 percent. No Democrats qualified to run in the November general election; therefore, Wood and Patterson will assume seats on the Board of Education.

Rounding out the Board of Education races, Jeff Martin defeated Jeannie Gaddis in the Republican primary 2,397-1,175 (67.11 percent to 32.89 percent) in the District 2 race. Martin has no Democratic opponent in the general election and will take the District 2 seat on the board.

Overall, for the county, 4,391 out of 22,959 potential ballots were cast for a voter turnout of 19.13 percent.

 

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Born in Merrillville, Indiana, raised in Cleveland, Tennessee, and currently resides in Copperhill, Tennessee. Graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1996 and attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, eventually earning a B.A. and M.A. in English. Hobbies include hiking, camping and fly-fishing. Interests include baseball, hockey and cliff jumping.

Conley explains flu impact on Cherokee schools

News, School Corner

MURPHY, N.C. – In her Superintendent’s Report at the Cherokee County Board of Education (BOE) meeting Thursday, Feb. 8, Dr. Jeana Conley discussed the impact of this year’s influenza outbreak on the county schools.

“Traditionally, to close a school, what we’ve seen historically is that we need 20 to 22 percent (absentee rate) and sometimes school systems wait until 30 percent (to close a school),” Conley explained. “We’re working with our health department. We would like, if there is a school closure, for it to be a collaborative effort that encompasses the entire community because it doesn’t do a lot of good according to the research to close schools if we can’t stop ball games, stop functions on the weekend (and) have limited activities with the community. So, it needs to be a comprehensive community approach when we do close schools.”

According to Conley, The Oaks Academy school had the highest absentee rate of all schools across Cherokee County as of the BOE meeting at 14.9 percent. This was followed by Murphy Middle School at 12.4 percent, Andrews Elementary at 11.7 percent, Hiwassee Dam High at 11.5 and Martins Creek Elementary at 10.7 percent to round out the top five schools with the highest absentee rate.

“One of the issues with the flu this year is that we’re not seeing it massively in our (absentee) numbers, but when we do see it, it is a terrible case of the flu,” Conley stated.

When BOE Chairman Paul Brown asked Conley if the number of absences were better than the previous week, Conley reported that there had been isolated spikes in numbers at certain schools but the county-wide numbers were falling.

After this, BOE member Tim Coffey asked Conley about absences among faculty and school staff. “We have not really had an issue with our faculty,” Conley said.

Board member Winfield Clonts gave a financial planning subcommittee report that included the proposal to request bids beginning Monday, Feb. 12, for an Andrews High School roofing project to replace the roof on the school’s cafeteria, gymnasium and dressing rooms buildings. Cherokee County Schools will receive bids on the project through March 1. Clonts told the board members the life of the roof had essentially expired two years ago.

The board discussed the lifespan advantages of proceeding with a pitched metal roof as opposed to a rubber roof. Clonts told the board a rubber roof typically has a 20-year lifespan while a metal roof usually has a 40-year lifespan. However, it was noted that installation of a metal roof would require some re-engineering of the building. Also, the board discussed the possibility of re-roofing the buildings without incorporating the existing skylights. After further discussion, the proposal for requesting bids was approved with the provision that received bids would include costs for re-roofing the building with and without the skylights.

The BOE approved usage of the Half-Cent Sales Tax Fund in the amount of $41,672 to cover maintenance and repair costs at Hiwassee Dam, Martins Creek and Murphy Elementary schools, Andrews Middle School, Murphy High School and The Oaks Academy.

An application for a debt service payment in the amount of $1,360.23 for building B at Andrews High School using the Public School Building Capital Fund of the North Carolina Education Lottery was also approved by the BOE.

 

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