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“I’m putting together a book that will chronicle some of the local stories of cancer survivors and those who are no longer with us.”   Mark Townsend is talking about his book project to raise money for the Cherokee County Relay for Life.  He is looking for local stories about cancer experiences, whether personal or stories of loved ones and friends.

And best of all, you don’t have to be a writer – you just have to put down your memories.

These are the reasons Mark Townsend is compiling this book: his wife, daughters, and son.

Townsend is the Associate Editor of the Cherokee Scout in Murphy, North Carolina.  But that’s not all.  He’s a loving husband, a doting father, and he’s a cancer survivor.

One of his heroes is the late North Carolina State University basketball coach, Jimmy Valvano, who offered an inspiration for living as well as for writing in a speech he gave two months before he died from cancer.

“To me, there are three things we all should do every day … You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy … If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day.”

Townsend has some stories already but he needs more. “I want to include all the stories we tell each other about our family and friends and their battles with cancer” he promises. 

Get inspired and send your story to


This week’s words for the 2010 Cherokee County Spelling Bee that will take place on May 13 at Martins Creek School are from Arabic, and can be found on the National Spelling Bee web site,  

adobe   crimson   algebra   mattress

cotton   apricot   monsoon   orange

guitar   magazine   zenith   average

hazard   giraffe   alfalfa

Jara is a bear of a guy.  And he’s shy.  However he is dependable, and makes a good security guard in his town on the outskirts of Montevideo, Uruguay.  During the wee hours of the morning he sits alone and clicks the security monitor over the aisles of a grocery store. 

Finding love in a security camera may not seem likely.  However, one night Jara notices a pretty young woman mopping the floors.

The Murphy Library is showing Film Movement’s latest movie, “Gigante,” winner of three prizes at the Berlin International Film Festival.  Screening will be Thursday at 6 p.m.  Running time is 85 minutes.  In Spanish with subtitles in English. This film is not rated but would be suitable for teens. Read the rest of this entry »

Here’s a good deed for the New Year that is convenient and will cost only your time. Clean out your closets and take those used books, DVDs, CDs and tapes to BB&T Bank.


That’s right, make a deposit at the bank for your libraryBB&T has generously donated space for Murphy Library’s collection boxes at each of its three branches: King Street in Murphy, Highway 64 West, and in Wal-Mart.


This is another brainstorm of Nora King, the past president of Friends of Murphy Library and now its Fundraising Chair.  Her good ideas do not cost a lot but they reap big rewards.


Nora King’s husband Larry crafted the wooden boxes by hand.  And BB&T Bank managers: Teresa O’Blenes, Financial Center Leader of 251 King Street Branch; Marge Gaulin,  Branch Manager, Wal-Mart Branch; and Tami Humphryes, Financial Center Leader, 1911 W. US Hwy 64 Branch, quickly found the perfect spot for them. See their photo above by Jane Hembree.


The books and other media you find in your cupboards might go into the library’s collection or onto a shelf in the Friends Book Store and the money earned from its sale will help buy new books.  Either way, the citizens of Cherokee County win.  Call 837-2417.


When Johnny is released from prison, a guard warns him that going to New York City may be a mistake.  It’s full of trouble.  But he quickly finds a job in a diner.  And one of the waitresses keeps looking at him.  Even though she’s wary, and weary.

The Murphy Library is showing the romantic comedy “Frankie and Johnny” starring Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer, Thursday at 6 p.m.  Running time is 118 minutes.  It is rated R and would not be suitable for children. Read the rest of this entry »

This week’s words for the 2010 Cherokee County Spelling Bee that will take place on May 13, 2010 at Martin’s Creek School are from Asian languages, and can be found on the National Spelling Bee web site,

nirvana   karma   guru   typhoon

bungalow   mahatma   jungle  oolong

mongoose   bamboo   jackal   bangle 

shampoo   dungaree   chutney

Ranbir Raj is new in town.  But his way with a song lands him a job at a local club.  Then he comforts a young woman standing alone on a bridge and over four nights loses his heart to her.  The Murphy Library is showing a Bollywood-style romance “Saawarya” Thursday at 6 p.m.  It is rated PG and runs 142 minutes. Read the rest of this entry »

This week’s words for the 2010 Cherokee County Spelling Bee that will take place on May 13, 2010 at Martin’s Creek School are from Italian, and can be found on the National Spelling Bee web site,  

ravioli   palmetto   pistachio   mascara

cauliflower   crescendo   harmonica

ballerina   spaghetti   scenario   galleria

balcony   bandit   influenza   rotunda

The Murphy Library has a Scooby Doo treat for the back-to school crowd Thursday, January 7.  The library is showing the first mystery that the young puppy helps solve with his friends Daphne, Velma, Fred and Shaggy. 

There will be two screenings:  3:15 p.m. and again at 6 p.m.  Running time is 82 minutes and it is rated PG.
Although teachers love their work – practical jokes by students are not appreciated.  Especially when ghosts are involved.  When that happens at Coolsville High, four students are suspended.  Who else but Daphne, Velma, Fred and Shaggy?  But they didn’t do it.  And they’re going to find out who did.  With help from a certain puppy.
Call the library at 837-2417.