Flash Flood Warning until 12:30 p.m. today


Cherokee County North Carolina is facing up to 2 more inches of rain which may cause flash flooding.

The National Weather Service in Morristown has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Cherokee County in southwestern North Carolina and Clay County in southwestern North Carolina until 12:30 p.m. EDT.

At 9:29 a.m. EDT, Doppler radar indicated 1 to 3 inches of rain has already fallen across Cherokee and Clay counties over the last three hours. An additional inch or two will be possible over the next few hours as well, especially over northern Clay and Cherokee county border areas. As a result, flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.

Some locations that will experience flooding include Andrews, Murphy, Hayesville, Nantahala Lake, Shooting Creek, Tusquitee, Topton, Marble, Brasstown, and Culberson.

Severe – Significant threat to life or property

Immediate – Responsive action SHOULD be taken immediately


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George J. Menasian: Obituary


George J. Menasian

12/09/1931 – 10/18/2018

George J. Menasian, age 86, of Murphy, NC passed away Thursday, October 18, 2018 at the Murphy Rehab and Nursing.

He was a native of Wayne County, Detroit and the son of the late George Ead Menasian and Pearl Amanda Truett Menasian. George spent his summers in North Carolina with his grandmother, Amanda Truett. He was a member of the Cherokee Masonic Lodge # 146 and a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Murphy, NC.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, George Edward Menasian; his daughter, Lois Ann McGarry of Bethlehem, PA; his brother, Edward Menasian; his sisters, Mary Menasian of Murphy, NC, Yvonne Toft of Howell Michigan, and Trudy Cusick of Royal Oak, Michigan.

He is survived by his wife, Lois Allison Menasian; his daughters, Linda Marie Cook of Michigan and Laura Jean Miller of Puyallup, Washington; his sisters, Glenna Barcyz of Warren, Michigan, and Sandra Kersey of Williamsburg, Kentucky; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 12:00pm to 2:00pm on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at the Townson-Rose Funeral Home Chapel in Murphy, NC. The funeral service will follow at 2:00pm. Rev. Gerald Derreberry will officiate. Pallbearers will be Dustin Whitener, Ed Menasian, Marc Menasian, Jason Savugot, Michael Savugot, and Kevin Bailey. Burial will be in the Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Oxford Home for Children, 600 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565 and the Shady Grove Cemetery Fund, 6 Deweese Street, Murphy, NC.

Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Mary Lou Stiles: Obituary


Mary Lou Stiles

11/06/1922 – 10/20/2018

Mary Lou Stiles, age 95 of Murphy, NC passed away Saturday October 20, 2018 at Murphy Rehab & Nursing.

She was the daughter of Robert Taylor Kelly and Rosetta Leatherwood. She was a homemaker and although she did not have any children of her own, she helped raise dozens of children in the Bear Paw Community.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Stiles and several brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her brother, William T. Kelly and wife Lorine and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2pm, Tuesday October 23, 2018 at Bear Paw Baptist Church. Rev. Steve Ware and Rev. Tommy Hayes and Rev. Eddie Hardin will officiate. Burial will follow in Bear Paw Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1-2pm, Tuesday October 23, 2018 at Bear Paw Baptist Church prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to help family with expenses to Gail Kelly at Entegra Bank in Murphy, NC.

Townson-Rose Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Denise Tunnell: Obituary


Denise Tunnell

06/23/1959 – 10/18/2018

Denise Tunnell, age 59 of Murphy, NC passed away Thursday, October 18, 2018 at her residence.

She was born in Wilkesbury, PA to the late Raymond and Ann Mangan McVey. Denise was a homemaker. She enjoyed sewing, loved animals especially training dogs. Her family was her life.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Tunnell; two sons, Cody Tunnell and wife Seanna of Chesapeake Beach, MD and Donald Tunnell and wife Ashley of Blairsville, GA; three brothers, Dennis, Ray and Terrance; three sisters, Colleen, Kathleen and Dawn; two grandchildren, Kyra Tunnell and Robert Tunnell; and close friend, Paula Judd.

The family will have a private service at a later date.

Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Jeanette “Grace” Cutshaw: Obituary


Jeanette “Grace” Cutshaw

09/16/1939 – 10/16/2018

Jeanette “Grace” Cutshaw, age 79 of Andrews, NC passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at the Valley View Care Center in Andrews, NC.

She was a native and lifelong resident of Cherokee County, NC and the daughter to the late Grady and Mary McClelland Stiles. Jeanette worked at Owenby’s and Lee’s as a seamstress. She loved going to church. Jeanette was a member of McClelland Cove Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, John, Bill and Ray Stiles.

She is survived by three sons, Robert Fulford of Andrews, Hal Fulford Jr. of Elk Hart, IN and Roger Fulford and wife Teresa of Orange Grove Park, FL; one daughter, Melissa Adams and husband Jeff of Salisbury, NC; four sisters, Kay Cantrell of Gastonia, NC, June Beaver of Clover, SC, Shelby Jean Parker and husband Jimmy of Clermont, GA and Dorcas Phillips and husband Steve of Marble, NC; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 4 pm, Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Townson-Rose Chapel in Andrews, NC. Rev. Steve West will officiate. Burial will be in the Valleytown Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons.

The family will receive friends from 3-4 pm, Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Townson-Rose Chapel in Andrews.

Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Denise Elaine Holiway: Obituary


Denise Elaine Holiway, 53 years young, passed away Friday, October 12, 2018 at her home in Jacksonville, FL.

Denise was born December 31, 1964 in Lemasa, California to Shirley Holiway and the late Kenneth Holiway. She was the youngest of four children. Denise graduated high school at Hernando High School in Brooksville, FL.

Denise loved praising the Lord and singing in the choir. She loved to read her bible, and mark the verses.

Denise loved spending time with family, laughing and always wearing a smile. She was loving and caring person giving hugs to everyone. “To know her was to love her.”

Denise, surviving in addition to her mother, Shirley Holiway; sisters, Sheila Cenizal and Pamela Holiway; brother, David Holiway; brother-in-law, Roger Cenizal; sister-in-law, Gina Holiway; four nieces, five nephews, and 20 great-nieces and nephews in addition to cousins and friends.

Denise’s hobbies were bowling, swimming, playing go fish, working in her activity books and crayons.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:30 pm, Sunday, October 21, 2018 at the Harris Chapel Church of God.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm, Sunday, October 21, 2018 at the Harris Chapel Church of God.

Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Clay Co. Lion’s Club Dancing Through The Decades Fundraiser


The Clay County Lions Club is hosting a Fundraiser on Saturday evening, September 22, 2018, from 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm in the beautifully renovated Fellowship Hall of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church located at 1433 US Hwy 64, Hayesville, NC.

The Fundraiser will be an evening of great music from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s with a live DJ, a spectacular dance, a fabulous dinner by Amazing Grace Caterers, dozens of door prizes, and an available cash bar.

Tickets are $60 per person and are available at the Historic Hayesville Centennial Exhibit, Clay County Chamber of Commerce, Tiger’s Department Store and Bella Boutique in Downtown Hayesville.

Tickets are also available from any Clay County Lions Club Member, and at the Towns County Chamber of Commerce and Monte Alban Restaurant in Hiawassee. A portion of each ticket may be tax deductible.

100% of the net proceeds will go to further the Lions Club’s charitable activities in Clay County, including the providing of free eye exams and eyeglasses to residents in need; donations to local charities such as Clay County Community for Students, Christmas Care of Clay County, the VFW and Shop with a Hero all to help children in need in Clay County; support of Historic Hayesville, Inc.; and recent work to rehab the covered Lions Pavilion at the Clay County Recreation Park that is used by so many residents and visitors to Clay County. For further information, contact Neil Kaplan at (703) 725-9819

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