5.1 magnitude earthquake rocks North Carolina

5.1 magnitude earthquake

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 and people ran into the streets

At this time, no injuries or major damage have been reported. If you felt it, report it to the USGS. 

Residents from Murphy and Hayesville have reported experiencing tremors at the time of the earthquake. Additionally, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee felt the effects of the morning quake. Georgia reports include Dahlonega and as far as Fayetteville.

Sparta is 272 miles from Murphy, NC, 264 miles from Hayesville, and 165 miles from Asheville. The city sits close to the NC/Tenn. line.

Another smaller 2.6 magnitude earthquake occurred in the same area at 1:57 a.m.

National Weather Service out of Raleigh has also reported three other possible quakes in Guilford, Randolph, and Moore counties.

If you felt the earthquake this morning or experienced any damage, please let us know!

The most recent earthquake in the Triangle was in 2011 in Virginia. Its magnitude was 5.8.

Virginia Eller Martin: Obituary


09/24/1924 – 11/23/2018

Virginia Eller Martin, age 94 of Hayesville, passed away Friday, November 23, 2018 at her residence.

Virginia was a native and lifelong resident of Clay County, NC. She was a daughter of the late Clifford and Josephine Patterson Eller. Virginia had lived in Alaska, Washington, Michigan and Florida before moving back to Hayesville in 1989. She was a member of Truett Memorial Baptist Church, loved playing golf at Chatuge Golf Course and was an active volunteer in the community.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband, John Martin; infant brother, Alvin Eller and a sister, Jo Ann Eller.

Virginia is survived by her daughter, Janice Hicks and husband Robert; sons, Mike Martin and wife Janis and John Martin, Jr. all of Hayesville; sister, Lochie Owens and husband Basil of Hayesville; 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

A Memorial service will be held at 2 pm, Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Townson-Rose Funeral Home Chapel of Hayesville. Rev. Johnny Foster will officiate.

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

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Park Sterling Merging With South State Corporation


According to a recent release by South State Bank, a definitive agreement has been signed with Park Sterling Corporation, holding company for Park Sterling Bank.

The release also states, “Combining the two companies will create a $14.5 billion in assets franchise operating throughout the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia.”

While both boards have reportedly approved the merger unanimously, the merger will actually begin transitioning in the fourth quarter of 2017 and continue with systems conversions into the first quarter of 2018 after approvals by regulatory boards and shareholders. At that time, Park Sterling Corporation will be merged into South State Corporation, and Park Sterling’s bank subsidiary, Park Sterling Bank, will be merged into South State’s bank subsidiary, South State Bank.

James C. Cherry, CEO of Park Sterling Corporation, commented on the merger stating, “Our team is proud to be partnering with South State to create what we believe will come to be recognized as the preeminent regional community banking franchise in the Southeast. This combination will substantially fulfill our vision of truly becoming big enough to have the talent and services necessary to help customers achieve their financial aspirations while still remaining small enough and passionate enough to care that they do.”

After the companies merge, Cherry will be appointed to the combined company’s board of directors in addition to another individual to be mutually agreed upon and named at a later date.

As of now, Park Sterling Bank has over 50 branches across North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. According to South State’s release, “under the terms of the agreement, shareholders of Park Sterling Corporation will receive 0.14 shares of South State common stock for each share of Park Sterling common stock. The aggregate consideration is valued at approximately $690.8 million in the aggregate, based on 53,112,726 shares of Park Sterling common stock outstanding as of March 31, 2017 and on South State’s April 26, 2017 closing stock price of $91.90.”

Virginia Fields Walsh: Obituary


Virginia Fields Walsh  |  07/08/1929 – 10/07/2018

Virginia Fields Walsh, 89 years, took her heavenly flight to be with her Lord & Savior late this past Sunday afternoon.

Virginia, better known as “Ginny” was loved by all who knew her and brought much joy into everyone’s life. Her smile and humor are best described by the verse “a merry heart doeth good like a medicine” (Proverbs 17:22). Ginny retired from the public-school system serving the special needs children of Royal Oaks, MI in 1989. She served on the Board of Elections for many years. She was an active member and faithful servant at New Life Church in Hayesville, NC. The love of her life was serving God’s people with food, fellowship, and friendship.

She was reunited in heaven with: her husband, Lorne Walsh; her son, David J. Walsh; her sister, Dorothy DeLong, her brother, Edmund Fields; her sister, Patsy Satterfield, and many more precious loved ones.

She is survived by her sons, Michael Walsh and Daniel Walsh; her grandchildren, with whom she shared many a treasured moment: Matt (Maleita), Amy (Dan), Mark, and Adam; Jason (Jess), John (Jenn), Sara (Ted), R.J. (Jenna), and Katie (Edward); and Nikki (Tim), Amanda (Rick), and Jeremiah. Ginny counted it a blessing to witness the birth and lives of 21 great-grandchildren. She lived her life in a way that culminated with a testimony “Her children arise and call her blessed.” (Proverbs 31:28a)

Visitation will be held from 6:00p to 8:00p at New Life Church in Hayesville, NC. The funeral service will be on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 11:00a at New Life Church, 34 Sunrise Place, Hayesville, NC 28904, officiated by Pastor Greg Carroll.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: New Life Church to further the advancement the gospel of Christ.

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints” (Psalm 116:15) reminds us all how most precious she is to the Lord – but she was precious to all of us as well.

“Someday you will hear or read that “Ginny” is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it! I shall be more alive than I am now. I have just changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.” (Original Quote by Evangelist Billy Graham).

Virginia T. Gibson: Obituary


Virginia T. Gibson, age 93, of Hayesville, passed away Saturday, September 22, 2018 in a Clay County care facility.


No services are planned at this time.


Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville in charge of arrangements.

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Short Takes – Political Pipe Dreams


Political Pipe Dreams

As 2017 comes screeching to its inevitable but satisfactory conclusion, it’s clear that Progressive “Visions of Sugar Plums Dancing in Their Heads,” sweeping the Congress back into Democrat hands in 2018, are actually turning into Pipe Dreams. Hope is not a battle plan.

The gallimaufry of the Democrat party is evidence enough that they are in deep trouble. Virginia and Alabama election victories aside, they will be unable to rally enough voters to their banner when their entire sales pitch has been trashed by its own failures. Their red banner, upon which is emblazoned a yellow hammer and sickle, is no longer appealing to Americans. A catharsis is in the making for Democrats. Which direction will they go, further “Left” into the deep dark recesses of totalitarianism or make a right turn back into the sunlight of Constitutionalism?

Reports are surfacing even now, that Latino Congressman, Gutierrez, and others, got into a shouting match with Senator Chuckie Schumer over their party’s failure to stop the GOP’s tax cuts or, and especially important  to Latino Democrats, failing to include the DACA act as a non negotiable item to be removed. Special interest groups, like the Congressional Latinos, are now engage in vituperative attacks against an elderly white Senators from New York, because there is no direction anymore, there is no leadership in that sector and a catharsis is coming.

There are simply too many chefs in the Democrat kitchen for an effective menu of their socialist  

political nonsense to be prepared and dished up when the dining area is emptying of patrons. Not everyone wants a steady diet of “arroz con pollo or Tacos y enchiladas.”

And, what happened to the Congressional Black Caucus? With intellectual illuminaries like Sheila Jackson Lee who says, It’s a direct result of Trump’s racist hatred of African Americans that caused an American Airlines plane to derail in Washington state. Just another way to genocide us.” or Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson who opined the island of Guam could capsize if a brigade of US Marines were stationed there. They remain silent.

And, the disease spreads as we see happening in the UN. I love the defiant reaction of the UN’s General Assembly to President Trump’s comment” “Let ‘em, I don’t care!”  in response to Trump’s threat to relieve non cooperative countries of the burden of how to spend the money the American taxpayers gifts them each year. Oh, woe! What a silly vote, to deny the US its right to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital or denying the US its right to move its embassy there.

What this all means is that America has leadership again. Trump, a successful, apodictic  businessman, not obliged to agree with his political handlers, but whose realistic visions has determined that America needs to be led from the front not from behind, is leading. Happily, enough voters agreed with him that America’s turnaround, while painful for some, is a relief for most.

How can it be possible for the Socialist Democrat program of top down collectivism compete with the future financial success that Donald Trump is introducing? Democrat ‘happy talk’ of fairness for all, specifically does not include any but the victims, losers, perverts and favored politicians that has been hung around America’s neck like the proverbial albatross since the social programs of the 1960’s and even earlier. Confidence is returning to America. People feel it, see it and know it. “Merry Christmas” has returned to the market place again. That can’t be bad, except to Progressives who still dwell in their pipe dreams.

Remember freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (22Dec17)

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