(Jim Johnson photo) Clay County resident Jim Johnson snaps a photo during an initially peaceful rally that eventually turned into a violent riot in an attempt to stop the Senate from certifying Joe Biden’s election as president.

Local man attends D.C. rallies

Clay County resident and noted conservative, James “Jim” Johnson was among a crowd of initially “peaceful protesters” supporting President Trump at one of two rallies held in Washington, D.C. Jan. 6. He had no way of foreseeing the violent outcome…

Local ties to Capitol


A Clay County homeowner faces a federal charge in connection to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. that left five people dead, including a police officer.

Mildred Hawkins Hughes


Mildred Hawkins Hughes, devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother, passed away Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. She was 93 and a lifelong resident of Cherokee County.

Mattie Adeline Plott Cayce


Mattie Adeline Plott Cayce, 102. of Hayesville, N.C. passed away on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. Mattie was born in Clay County, N.C. to the late Paul and Evelyn Hampton Plott.

Brian Terry Pitts


Brian Terry Pitts, 45, of Hayesville, passed away Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 at his residence. He was a native of Doraville, Ga. Brian had worked in construction throughout his life.