Highlands has long been known for its wet weather, and in fact qualifies as a temperate rainforest due to its perennially high rainfall totals.

A 100-year-old house on Chestnut Street that’s in disrepair will be removed if plans to build a parking lot on the property progress.

The Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center is beginning the process of expanding its parking capacity, in an effort to make the venue more accessible for its growing patronage.

The Highlands Chamber of Commerce recommends the Overflow Creek area, or Blue Valley, for wilderness designation.

A drive to protect local forests has now gained the support of two regional business organizations. 


Not many endeavors in life can truly be qualified as a win-win scenario, but shopping locally during the holiday season is certainly one of them. 

The final meeting of 2016 for the Highlands Town Board is tonight at 7 p.m. at the Highlands Conference Center next to the ball fields. It will be an interesting session.

Many Highlander readers likely celebrated a bountiful Thanksgiving meal, breaking bread (and turkey and stuffing and green bean casserole and sweet potatoes and pie) with friends and family last we


Sophomore Logan Houston takes a shot.

All four Highlands School basketball teams rolled over Nantahala at home last Friday night, as the Highlanders celebrated Homecoming. 

Kedra McCall looks for an open teammate in the girls’ game.

Opening night for Highlands School basketball brought a mixed bag on Monday, as the junior varsity and varsity boys’ teams lost (38-32 and 62-54, respectively) but the varsity girls won, 47-42.

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.


Michael Durand “Squirt” Carpenter, age 68, of the Scaly Mountain community, passed away Sunday, December 4, 2016 at Augusta University Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia. 

David (Dave) Michael Jones

David (Dave) Michael Jones, 45, passed suddenly and went to be with our Lord on Thursday, November 24, 2016.

Clarence O’Neal Wilson

Clarence O’Neal Wilson, 90, of Highlands passed away Monday, November 21, 2016.

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