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Donations of arts, crafts supplies and craft books have been filling up the Murphy Library break room.   Acting Librarian, Melissa Barker, was happy to see all the treasures that await shoppers at the Friends of Murphy Library’s annual Crafts and Crafts Supplies Sale.

The sale takes place this Thursday and Friday, June 14 and 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the meeting room at the library in downtown Murphy. Everyone is welcome to come by and find the perfect gift or the makings of a fun summer project.

Local crafts people including Sammie Simpson, Ronney Craig, Jo Ann Allen and Sharon Francis sell finished crafts, sewing machines, fabrics, scrapbook and stamping supplies, and they give free crafty advice! Volunteers for the Friends’ will be at tables filled with quilting fabrics, yarns, paints, brushes and other art supplies donated by library patrons.

Free demos include sewing machine maintenance at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, and stamping and scrapbook demos at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Friday.

Friends of Murphy Library sponsor the sale to buy prizes for the Cherokee County Schools Spelling Bee, co-sponsored by the Cherokee Scout’s Newspaper in Education program and to raise funds for more books at the library. Call 837-2417 for details.


Ask our annual Spelling Bee winners over the years and they will tell you they read all the time. On November 20 the Cherokee County Middle Schools held the annual Spelling Bee at Martins Creek School, hosted by principal Paul Wilson and Language Arts teacher, Ronda Phillips. Murphy Elementary School principal Arnold Mathews led the bee, pronouncing the words as he has done so well for the last eleven years. The Cherokee Scout‘s Newspaper in Education program supports the bee.2014beforeBee

And wouldn’t you know it, the winner Shawn Bruce from Ranger Middle School loves to read!

A big round of applause goes to all the students in Cherokee County’s five middle schools who participated. The finalists for Andrews: Karra Postell and Nicholas Graham. For Hiwassee Dam: Tucker Lynn, Chloe Roe and Megan Wilson. For Martins Creek: Justin Bates, Presley Payne and Jeremiah Beavers. For Murphy: Heather Pratt, Marie Sawdy and A. J. Cook; and for Ranger, Shawn Bruce, Autumn Campbell, Josey Campbell, and Kaylee Campbell.

Shawn Bruce took 1st Place for Ranger, A. J. Cook took 2nd Place and Heather Pratt took 3rd Place – both of them from Murphy Middle School.2014BeewinnersAJCookShawnBruceHeatherPratt

It is not easy to stand up and stay poised when a difficult word is thrown at you, but the students do exactly that. Their teachers cheer them on and their families hug them.
Friends of Murphy Public Library and local craftspeople raised funds for Spelling Bee prizes at our annual crafts, craft supplies and book sale. We love words and readers and that’s what spelling bees are all about.

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.

Here are the Spelling Bee Study Words for this year’s Spelling Bee taking place on November 15 at Martins Creek School. 

Spelling Bee Study Words


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Challenge Words

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Many thanks to Louise MacDonald, Jan Ruiz, Linda Tempke, Martha Penz, Gail MacLean, Carey Randall, and Nora King for volunteering, and to Jo Ann Allen, Sharon Francis, Sammie Simpson, Margie King, Kathy Hoyt, Diane Pelczynski, Leslie Beaster, and Michelle Campbell for selling their crafts at Friends of Murphy Library’s Craft and Book Sale last week.

Special appreciation goes to Donna Getch and Donna Cook in the Cherokee Scout’s advertising department for their excellent advice. 

Our wonderful community made this event a success and local students are the winners. Proceeds will provide awards for the Cherokee County Middle School Spelling Bee later this fall.

Nora King brought her friends who volunteered to re-organize the books in the back breezeway.  They made it fun and easy to browse through the shelves and discover treasures.

If you are an artist, craftsperson, book lover, collector, or just looking for a good time, don’t miss Friends of Murphy Library’s popular Crafts and Craft Supplies and Books in the Breezeway Sales on Thursday and Friday, August 2 and 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the library.

Murphy Library volunteer Julie Armstrong looks over items for Friends of Murphy Library’s Crafts and Craft Supplies Sale this Thursday and Friday August 2 and 3 in the library’s meeting room from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Books and Media Sale takes place in the breezeway in back of the library. Call 837-2417.

The Crafts and Craft Supplies Sale raises money for prizes in the Cherokee County Schools annual Spelling Bee.  The Bee is co-sponsored by The Cherokee Scout’s Newspaper in Education and Friends of Murphy Library.

 Crafters and artists sell their excess supplies, finished crafts and make a donation to the Bee fund.  They love to talk about their work. Sammie Simpson, Jo-Ann Allen, Sharon Francis, Kathy Hoyt and Leslie Beaster will have tables full of quilts, quilting fabrics, yarn, scrapbook items, sewing items and lots more.  The Friends sell donated items including a whittling set, tie-dye paints with t-shirts, fabrics, and frames.  Moreover, Friends members like Louise MacDonald are there to lend advice to novice crafters.

Are your bookshelves empty?  The Murphy Library’s Books in the Breezeway shelves have been reorganized making it easy to find your favorite authors, fiction and nonfiction, and lots of books on tape.  And when you buy books on tape, they leave your hands free for, what else, your favorite craft. Call 837-2417 for details.

The 2011-2012 Cherokee County Schools Spelling Bee was celebrated at Martins Creek School on Thursday, November 17 and all the 15 students from 5 middle schools showed that they knew their words.

 After an hour and a half of oral and written spelling, there were four winners!!  Joshua Um of Andrews Middle School and Lily Beaster of Ranger Middle School both won First Place.  Kamryn Adams of Murphy Middle School followed in Second Place and Erin Davis of Martins Creek Middle School won Third Place.

Lily Beaster, Ranger Middle School, Kamryn Adams, Murphy Middle School and Joshua Um, Andrews Middle School were First, Second and First Place winners of the 2011-2012 Cherokee County Schools Spelling Bee. Not pictured is Erin Davis, Martins Creek School who won Third Place.

The fifteen students from Andrews, Hiwassee Dam, Martins Creek, Murphy, and Ranger Middle Schools were all winners for their excellent spelling skills and confident demeanor.

Erin Davis, Martins Creek School (first row, third from left) won Third Place at the Cherokee County Spelling Bee. She stands here with the other 14 students who showed their spelling skills to an appreciative audience that included family, fellow students, teachers and principals from their schools.