Shoppers stroll Main Street on Oct. 17. Businesses are reporting a stream of tourists, even midweek and through the winter months.

It’s not your imagination that there are more people in town this fall than usual.

Colors were popping this week around the covered bridge at the Bascom in Highlands.

As visitors and locals crowd the plateau to observe fall’s vibrant display of colors, this year’s atypical weather could have an effect on the remainder of leaf season.

The Highlander’s ongoing efforts to obtain public documents relating to staffing changes in town government came to a close last week after nearly two months of dialogue among the town, the newspap


Newspapers serve to represent the people’s interest. At The Highlander, we take this role seriously.

The October Highlands Town Board meeting is scheduled for tonight at the Highlands Conference Center beginning at 7 p.m. There are a couple of major agenda items.

Numbers tell the tale. One in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.


Brent Sleight throws the ball in during the middle school soccer game on Oct. 10.

Middle school volleyball

On Wednesday, Oct. 5, in its last regular season game at home, the team beat Nantahala School in back-to-back games, 25-20 and 25-23.

Pablo Jimenez (#18) goes for the ball as Freddie Lopez (#1), Wes Hedden (#12) and keeper John Murphy look on during the Hayesville game.

The Highlands School varsity boys’ soccer team beat the Hayesville Yellowjackets with a score of 5-2 at home on Monday night. The Highlanders are now 7-8 on the season and 5-1 in conference play.

Benjamin Miller keeps the ball from a Bobcat player.

The middle school volleyball team rolled over Nantahala on Thursday, Sept. 22 in Highlands, winning two straight games to take the match. 


Col. Emmett Augustus Niblack, Jr.

Col. Emmett Augustus Niblack, Jr. (Nib or Gus), U.S. Air Force (Ret’d), age 86, of Highlands, NC, died on October 13, 2016, at the Wake Forest Baptist Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Care Center.

Edwin Junior Moss, 63, passed away Sunday, October 16, 2016 at his home in Yellow Mountain. Edwin was a retired painter who loved to read, and enjoyed camping and fishing.

O. R. (Butch) Ellars, Jr., 73, of Winter Park, Florida and Highlands, North Carolina passed away on October 14, 2016 in Austin, Texas following a short illness.

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