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Murphy librarians Melissa Barker and Jeff Murphy show off the trophies they won at the Cherokee County Chili Cook-off.  They are now running the Scholastic Book Fair through November 4.  Call 837-2417.

Murphy librarians Melissa Barker and Jeff Murphy show off the trophies they won at the Cherokee County Chili Cook-off. They are now running the Scholastic Book Fair through November 4. Call 837-2417.

Librarians Jeff Murphy and Melissa Barker were all smiles at the Murphy Public Library last week as they showed off their trophies.  They and their staff had won two awards at the 18th annual Cherokee County Chili Cook-off on October 12.  One was for Showmanship and the other was the People’s Choice award.

However, these chili cooks who also love books, are not taking it easy.  They have a Scholastic Book Fair opening today, October 23 and running until November 4.

The fall Scholastic Book Fair is the best time to look for Christmas and holiday gifts for children, teens and even adults.  Mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy and lots of funny books line the tables at the library.  The stocking stuffers of writing pens, word pointers and bookmarks may also bring smiles, just like the chili trophies brought smiles to the staff at the library.

The library accepts credit cards, cash and checks.  Call 837-2417 for details.

 

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The Cherokee County Schools Spelling Bee took place at Martins Creek School on October 17 and all fifteen students at the Bee were amenable to spelling the words they were given.  However Martins Creek 6th grade student Pressley Payne actually had to spell “a-m-e-n-a-b-l-e.”  He did it calmly, distinctly, and perfectly, winning the 1st Place trophy along with a one hundred dollar cash prize.

The two competent runners-up were 7th graders, Eric Fox, from Hiwassee Dam Middle School in 2nd Place and Marie Sawdy from Murphy Middle School in 3rd Place, winning trophies along with fifty dollar and twenty-five dollar cash prizes respectively.

In addition to Pressley Payne, Hannah Smith and Eris Davis represented Martins Creek.  Hiwassee Dam students Nina Nicholson and Tucker Lynn joined Eric Fox, and Hagan Newton and Aleayah Cox came from Murphy Middle School along with Marie Sawdy.

Andrews Middle School students included Magnus Fonda, Joshua Um and Karra Postell.  Kirsten Pickelsimer, Shawn Bruce and Kaylee Campbell represented Ranger Middle School.

Marie Sawdy, 3rd Place, Eric Fox, 2nd Place, and Pressley Payne, 1st Place winners at Cherokee County Schools 2013 Spelling Bee.

Marie Sawdy, 3rd Place, Eric Fox, 2nd Place, and Pressley Payne, 1st Place winners at Cherokee County Schools 2013 Spelling Bee.

Parents cheered, teachers and principals smiled, and the hard-working students simultaneously breathed a sigh of relief.

Many thanks to all the crafts people and Friends volunteers who helped raise funds for prizes.

Thursday, October 17 at 6 p.m., the  Murphy Public Library is showing The History Boys,  a film about an unruly but smart group of English schoolboys who are pushed by their teachers to get accepted to Oxford and Cambridge.  Based on the Tony Award-winning play and filmed throughout Yorkshire and other parts of England.  Rated R.  Running time is 109 minutes.  Call 837-2417 for details.

He is a “busker,” singing songs on a Dublin street for change.  She is a Czech immigrant who throws him a coin one night.  He wrote the love song he is singing and she likes it.  That, as they say, is the start of a beautiful friendship.

The Murphy Library is showing Once, the perfect Irish movie Thursday at 6 p.m.  Running time is 85 minutes and the film is rated R for language, although the bad language is said with an Irish lilt, which seems to make everything sound better.

Actor and composer Glen Hansard notes in an interview that his three favorite songwriters are Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Van Morrison.  That should prepare viewers for the music.  Once won an Oscar for Best Song, Falling Slowly, written by Hansard and his co-star, Czech actress Markéta Irglová.

Both writer/director John Carney and Hansard played together in a band. They understand the magic it can create, especially in the demo session when Irglová accompanies Hansard’s guitar with her soul-searching piano and the rest of the band jumps in.

Call 837-2417 for details.


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