Cherokee Board of Commissioners debate liquor privatization resolution

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

MURPHY, N.C. -Cherokee County Commissioner C.B. McKinnon, District 2 (Republican), stated, “We shouldn’t be in the pot business or the liquor business” after the ‘Resolution of the Cherokee Board of Commissioners Opposing the Privatization of Retail Sale and Wholesale Distribution of Liquor’ was introduced at Monday’s meeting. Emotions were high as the Commissioners debated the issue.

The motion to oppose the resolution was passed due to a ‘Lack of Motion’ by the Board. They would not support the Resolution.

House Bill 971 (Modern Licensure Model for Alcohol Control) was introduced in legislature by Representatives Chuck McGrady (R), Jason Saine (R), Jon Hardister (R), and Pricey Harrison (D) on April 26, 2019. The bill, if passed, “would privatize the retail sale and wholesale distribution of liquor” allowing the minimum of 1500 permits statewide. Currently, the Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) system operates 423 locations throughout the state. Two ABC locations are in Cherokee County: Murphy and Andrews.

The N.C. Department of Public Safety requires the certification of members recommended by the Board to the Juvenile Crime Prevention Councils. For fiscal year 2019-2020, the following persons, who had been recommended by the Board, were certified to serve on the council: Associate School Superintendent Kim Gibson, CCSO Lieutenant Justin Jacobs, District Attorney Office Legal Assistant Nan Copeland, AMH/DD/SA Clinician Karen Underwood, DSS Attorney Andria Duncan, Assistant County Manager Maria Hass, and ADA Kimberly Hayes.

The N.C. Department of Public Safety requires the certification of members recommended by the Board to the Juvenile Crime Prevention Councils. For fiscal year 2019-2020, the following persons, who had been recommended by the Board, were certified to serve on the council: Associate School Superintendent Kim Gibson, CCSO Lieutenant Justin Jacobs, District Attorney Office Legal Assistant Nan Copeland, AMH/DD/SA Clinician Karen Underwood, DSS Attorney Andria Duncan, Assistant County Manager Maria Hass, and ADA Kimberly Hayes.

EMS Station 1 has been in the center of Board discussion for months as additional room is needed for the expanding service. Recently, North Carolina Department of Transportation has offered a piece of property to house a possible new station. However, the current station is on five acres of level property.

Dr. Dan Eichenbaum, District 4 (Republican), said he would be more comfortable in having an engineer size up both pieces of properties before a decision could be made for which would be more feasible and less costly to pursue.

The Board agreed to have County Manager Randy Wiggins to consult with an engineer on the matter and report back with the needed information.

Nantahala Regional Library Board of Trustees will have a new member. The Board unanimously appointed Wendy Paige to fill the position.

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Cherokee County NC supports Cherokee Nation

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, EASTERN BAND OF CHEROKEE INDIANS

MURPHY, N.C.- “Cherokee Indians are our Indian people,” stated Cherokee County (N.C.) Board of Commissioners Chairman Gary Westmoreland (R).

Westmoreland was speaking in reference to supporting the Opposition To Catawba Indian Nation Casino in North Carolina Resolution proposed at the April 2019 meeting of Cherokee County Commissioners.

The Resolution was passed.

While the [Eastern Cherokee] tribe respects and encourages progress for other Native American communities, including South Carolina’s Catawba Indian Nation, the recent filing of a bill in the US Senate to give North Carolina land to the South Carolina tribe for an off-reservation casino is nothing more than a modern day land grab by the federal government of Cherokee aboriginal lands, ” quoted in an earlier Press Release by the ECBI.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., introduced the bill that would put land in trust for the Catawbas Casino. To wit:

“To clarify certain provisions of Public Law 103–116, the Catawba Indian Tribe of South Carolina Land Claims Settlement Act of 1993, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. GAMING FACILITY AUTHORIZED.

(a) Gaming Facility Authorized.—The Catawba Indian Nation (formerly the Catawba Indian Tribe of South Carolina) is authorized to own and operate a gaming facility on the land described in section 2 of this Act, in Cleveland County, North Carolina.

(b) Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.—The facility described in subsection (a) shall operate in accordance with the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (25 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.), except that section 20 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (25 U.S.C. 2719) shall not apply to the land described in section 2.

(c) Land In Trust.—The Secretary of the Interior is hereby authorized to take the land described in section 2 into trust for the purpose of conducting gaming, on behalf of the Catawba Indian Nation.

(d) Rights Preserved.—Except as otherwise expressly provided in this Act, nothing in this Act shall prevent any party from enforcing all rights, privileges, or prohibitions as contained within the Catawba Indian Tribe of South Carolina Land Claims Settlement Act of 1993 (Public Law 103–116).”

Catawba Indian Nation Seal

The Catawba Nation, who gained Federal recognition in 1993 for the state of South Carolina, is seeking approval to build their casino in Kings Mountain, N.C. The battle over building the casino in North Carolina instead of South Carolina began about five years ago.

The Catawbas lived along the banks of the Catawba River dating back for what is now believed to be at least 6,000 years. Their ancestral land includes most of the Piedmont area of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. The Piedmont region is land lying between the Appalachian Mountains to the west and the Atlantic Coastal Plain to the East.

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Cherokee County NC chooses Advanced Disposal Mineral Bluff for temporary waste transfer

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MURPHY, N.C. – The Cherokee Board of Commissioners has agreed to allow its Solid Waste Department to transfer materials to Advanced Disposal Waste Transfer Station in Mineral Bluff.

Robert Ward, Cherokee County NC Solid Waste Director speaks to Commissioners urging immediate waste transfer to Mineral Bluff, GA.

Robert Ward, Solid Waste Director, stated there had been an 11 percent increase in local waste in the last five years, helping to fill the current cell faster than was originally planned. But, until the new Phase Five cell can be constructed, waste was needed to be transferred out to another location to ease the burden on the current landfill.

He told the commissioners that as of April 12, 2019, there “was only 12 weeks of air space left”. He further added the loss of the compactor within the last year is the main reason the landfill was being filled to capacity. Landfill track hoes simply “could not compact trash as needed” as a compactor does.

County Manager Randy Wiggins agreed with Ward saying, “The loss of the compactor result(ed) in the loss of air space.”

Ward said immediately transferring waste would be at a cost of $56.14 per ton to the Mineral Bluff facility where Advanced Disposal agreed they would accept all loads.

It was further agreed Cherokee County could cancel the transfer at any time thus not tying the county to a long-term obligation.

A new compactor has recently been purchased, but has not come in time to alleviate the air space situation which is in its critical phase at this time.

Hauling to Mineral Bluff will begin next week.

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Home invasion on Sales Street in Murphy NC.

News, Police & Government

MURPHY, N.C. – Murphy Police Department Assistant Chief Dustin Smith has issued a Press Release regarding a recent home invasion on Sales Street. Six individuals of which three were juveniles were apprehended and charged with the incident.

Press Release

On March 2nd 2019 around 2:00pm Cherokee County Dispatch received a 911 call in reference to several male subjects running down Willow Street in Murphy North Carolina with a firearm. The subjects were screaming at each other to shoot someone. Officers with the Murphy Police Department along with Deputies with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area. Officers arrived on scene and learned that a home invasion had just occurred on Sales Street in Murphy North Carolina. The individuals with the firearm running down Willow Street was identified as the suspects in the home invasion. Due to the location of the incident in relation to the area schools and the suspects fleeing on foot with a firearm for safety reasons the local area schools (Murphy Elementary School and The learning Center) was notified of the situation and decided to place the schools on a code yellow status. Officers began looking for the suspects in the area and arrested one individual after a short foot chase. Several other individuals involved in the home invasion fled the area in a vehicle but was shortly apprehended in Union County Georgia. During the investigation Officers learned that six individuals were involved in the incident and three of which were juveniles. The juvenile names cannot be provided in this release.

Jordan Tyree Mackey, one of the accused in the Sales Street

Jordan Tyree Mackey DOB: 04/06/2000 B/M Address:1086 Jones Creek Road Blairsville GA was arrested in Murphy NC and charged with Attempt Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Felony Breaking and Entering, and Conspire to commit Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon. Mackey was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center and was given a $30,000.00 Secured Bond.

Jordan Tyler Patterson DOB: 04/24/2002 W/M Address: 82 Murphy Drive Blairsville GA was arrested in Blairsville Georgia with pending charges in Georgia and pending charges in North Carolina for this incident for Attempt Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Felony Breaking and Entering, Conspire to Commit Robbery with Dangerous Weapon.

This case is still currently under investigation and further arrest and charges are still possible at this time. If anyone has any information about this incident they are encouraged to contact the Murphy Police Department at 837-2214.

I would like to thank everyone involved for a fast and safe resolution in this case.

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Murphy Man Charged in Car Thefts

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Murphy, NC— Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the February 21st, 2019 arrest of 36 year old Joshua Charles Hampton of Murphy North Carolina in connection with several motor vehicle thefts.

On February 21st, 2019 the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Murphy Police Department conducted a joint investigation which identified Joshua Charles Hampton as a suspect in numerous vehicle thefts as well as breaking and entering into the vehicle.

Following information as to the location of the stolen vehicles members of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Murphy Police Department located Hampton near a housing area in Murphy North Carolina. Hampton immediately fled on foot and was captured a short distance later.

Joshua Charles Hampton was arrested and brought to the Cherokee County Detention Center where he was charged with: LARCENY OF MOTOR VEHICLE X 2, MISDEMEANOR LARCENY X 2, POSSESS STOLEN AUTOMOBILE, LARCENY OF FIREARM, BREAK AND ENTER MOTOR VEHICLE X 2, FINANCIAL CARD THEFT X 2, FINANCIAL CARD FRAUD X 2. Hampton is currently incarcerated under a $105,000.00 secure bond and is expected to be in Cherokee County District Court March 07th, 2019.

Sheriff Derrick Palmer stated “Great job working with the Murphy Police Department on getting Hampton off the street.”

To report suspicious activity and suspect violations of the law please call 828-837-1344 or submit a tip at crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov.

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Gusty Winds expected Murphy, NC

BREAKING NEWS, WEATHER

FROM North Carolina’s Weather Authority

Out goes the rain in comes the wind, a strong cold front will blast through NC Sunday morning clearing out the rain and bringing with it strong winds. Westerly winds will increase dramatically Sunday morning with the strongest winds Sunday afternoon and overnight hours.

Impacts Tree limbs will be blown down. Trees in waterlogged soil will topple over, increasing the potential for power outages. Driving high profile vehicles will be very difficult. The highest winds will be in the mountains with gusts up to 60 MPH, across the Foothills and Piedmont will see 40-50 MPH wind gusts, and in eastern NC 30-40 MPH wind gusts

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Murder in Murphy NC has a “No-Change” verdict on Day 3 deliberations

BREAKING NEWS

John Anthony Hill 

The jury has been in deliberations since Monday at approximately 3:15 p.m. after hearing about the evidence surrounding a murder committed in Murphy, NC in 2014. Today, at the close of court, the jury came back with a “No-Change” verdict against John Anthony Hill. Hill’s trial has been in session for nearly three weeks

Hill was accused of murdering “his best friend of five years”, Paul George Pfleiderer, Jr., age 57, a resident of the Peachtree community in Murphy.

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department arrested Hill for the murder of Pfleiderer on June 29, 2014. Hill has been in custody at the Cherokee County Detention Center since.

Paul George Pfleiderer

Pfleiderer passed away on Sunday, June 29, 2014, after sustaining massive blows to his head. Allegedly, Hill stated he gave as many as six blows to Pfleiderer’s head with an an aluminum baseball bat following a brief struggle at Hill’s home.

The jury deliberations center around what verdict to return against Hill.

Court will reconvene 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning in the Cherokee County Courthouse located at 33 Peachtree Street in Murphy.

More details will become available when the verdict is reached.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Heavy rain predicted in Cherokee County through the weekend

BREAKING NEWS

As a heavy rainfall pattern continues to work its way to Cherokee County through this weekend, please take precautions when driving on rain soaked roads for potential flooding in lower lying areas.

Cherokee County Forecast

Today

Cloudy. A chance of rain showers in the morning, then rain showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower to mid 50s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Tonight

Rain and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then rain after midnight. Lows around 50. Southeast winds 10 mph or less. Chance of rain 90 percent.

Thursday

Showers in the morning and early afternoon, then showers likely late. Highs in the lower to mid 50s. Light winds. Chance of rain 80 percent.

Thursday Night

Cloudy with showers likely. Lows in the upper 40s. Light winds. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Friday

Showers in the morning, then showers likely in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 50s. Southeast winds 10 mph or less. Chance of rain 80 percent.

Friday Night

Cloudy with showers likely. Lows in the upper 40s. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Saturday

Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Highs in the lower to mid 60s.

Saturday Night

Showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 40s to mid 50s. Chance of rain 80 percent.

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