• Teachers unite with Hayesville Brewing to provide student meals

    HAYESVILLE, NC – Classes are canceled at Clay County Schools, a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but teachers continue their quest to ensure the well-being of their students during a difficult time. Many children rely on school meals for daily nutrition, and hunger won’t pause for the health crisis to pass. One such teacher is petitioning […]

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  • Clay County closes lodging in attempt to curb pandemic

    Clay County pandemic

    HAYESVILLE, NC – As the COVID-19 pandemic grows, Clay County has ordered the closure of lodging facilities to curb the travel of non-residents. Click to read: Cooper orders North Carolinians to stay home “In summary, Clay County has issued guidance ordering the temporary closure of businesses related to non-essential travel of non-resident individuals in Clay […]

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  • Campground opening postponed as citizens demand action

    Clay County COVID 19

    HAYESVILLE, NC – Clay County citizens took to social media in the days following the county’s State of Emergency declaration on March 24, voicing concern that the Clay County Board of Commissioners’ approach to the COVID-19 pandemic may be passive in response. FYN began looking into Clay County’s plans following citizen confusion as to whether […]

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  • Clay County Schools hold emergency COVID-19 meeting

    North Carolinians

    HAYESVILLE, NC= Clay County Board of Education held an emergency-called, live-streamed meeting, March 16, to discuss the details of its mandatory school closure due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Off-site instruction for Clay County Schools begins on Monday, March 23, for all students.  

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  • Course offered on security training for houses of worship

    IMI - Houses of Worship Security

    BRASSTOWN, NC – IMI Florida Academy –  the US subsidiary of Israel’s IMI Academy for Advanced Security, and Anti-Terror Training – is offering a half-day seminar, “Israeli Tactical Training for Houses of Worship: Prevention is Everything.” It will take place on Friday, Feb. 28, from 1 pm until 6 pm, at the Brasstown, NC Community […]

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  • Cherokee EMS ends medical transfers for Clay Co. patients

    Cherokee County EMS news

    UPDATED HAYESVILLE, NC – Cherokee County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday, Jan. 20, to no longer provide medical transfers for Clay County patients by Cherokee County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital. In a Jan.23 letter obtained by FYN, Cherokee County Manager Randy Wiggins stated to Erlanger Western North Carolina CEO […]

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  • LGBTQ Democrats draw mixed response at Christmas parade

    LGBTQ Clay County NC

    HAYESVILLE, NC – Emotions ran high from both critics and supporters of the LGBTQ Democrats of North Carolina’s participation in the Clay County Christmas Parade, Saturday, Dec. 14. LGBTQ is an acronym that represents the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning community. The political group followed on foot behind a holiday float sponsored by the Democrat […]

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  • Search warrant leads to Hayesville drug arrests

    Clay County Sheriffs office

    HAYESVILLE, NC – During the early morning hours of Dec. 4, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, along with Jackson and Macon County SWAT teams, executed a search warrant at a residence on Dietz Cable Road. Numerous controlled substances, US currency, and several firearms were seized during the search of the residence located at 692 Dietz Cable […]

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  • Divorce support offered as holiday season approaches


    HAYESVILLE, NC – Coping with divorce is often intensified as the holiday season approaches. Many people feel overwhelmed by the stress and strain of trying to maintain the status quo when it seems their entire world is crumbling around them. The holiday season tends to remind of festive, happier times and is contrasted by the […]

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  • Cherokee history featured at Hayesville’s annual festival


    HAYESVILLE, NC – The rich history of the Cherokee Indian tribe was featured during the 8th annual Cherokee Heritage Festival Saturday, Sept. 21, in downtown Hayesville. Visitors flocked to the event to learn about the Native American culture, dating back to 11,ooo years of old. Guests enjoyed activities such as storytelling, native plant nature walks, […]

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  • Cherokee Heritage Festival returns to historic Hayesville


    HAYESVILLE, NC – The heritage of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) which reportedly dates back to to more than 11,000 years will shine Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 am – 3 pm at the 8th annual Cherokee Heritage Festival in historic Hayesville. Located just off the Hayesville Square and adjacent to the Clay […]

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  • UPDATED: Clay County Sheriff’s Office investigating school threat


    PRESS RELEASE – CLAY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Hayesville, NC – 08/28/2019 The Clay County Sheriff’s Office has responded to a threat of violence against a Hayesville student as well as the school itself. At this time the threat has been dealt with and one person has been arrested by authorities. This is an ongoing investigation, […]

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  • Public urged to report hellbender sightings


    HAYESVILLE, NC – The eastern hellbender is North America’s largest salamander. Living in clean, swift-running rivers throughout the eastern United States, the reptiles spend their entire lives in water. Also known as snot otters and devil dogs, a decline in the hellbender population is causing concern for scientists and wildlife management officials. The U.S. Forest […]

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  • Clay County female charged with homicide


    HAYESVILLE, NC – A Clay County female has been charged with homicide. On Wednesday, Sept. 4, Gregory George Garcia, 43, of Murphy, was shot and killed at a residence in the Tusquittee Community of Clay County, according to a press release from Clay County Sheriff Bobby Deese. Garcia was allegedly in a relationship with the suspect, Julie Marie […]

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  • Two Hayesville residents arrested in Florida on drug charges

    HAYESVILLE NC arrests

    HAYESVILLE, NC – Florida’s Clermont Police Department arrested two male Hayesville residents Thursday, Aug. 8, on multiple drug charges. Brett Dakota Wilson, 23, and Christopher Dwight Barnard, 18, who were listed as homeless on the obtained police report, were charged with the following crimes: Brett Dakota Wilson: Possession of Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine  Possession of […]

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  • Missing, endangered Tennessee man may be in North Carolina mountains

    HAYESVILLE, NC – Chris Taylor, a 55 year old man who went missing May 2 from Copperhill, TN, may be in the remote mountains of western North Carolina, family members say, based on troubling information that Taylor purportedly shared with loved ones prior to his disappearance. Taylor was last seen driving a burgundy-colored 2002 Toyota […]

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