The Friends of Founders Park has received approval to add temporary and permanent art installations in Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park.

With only a few small details left before Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park is complete, the nonprofit in charge of managing the construction and events there are looking for ways to add public art t

Mountain Garden Club members prepare plants for the club’s 35th annual plant sale, being held Saturday morning. From left, Ann Maxwell, Helen Anderson, Paula Walsh, Ellie Houston, Barbara Werder and Ginny Dunwody.

Members of the Mountain Garden Club are working hard to harvest and collect plants from local gardeners in preparation for the club’s annual plant sale.

The Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center worked with a consultant to develop a strategic business plan designed to address local business and tourism needs into the next decade and beyond.

To address the changing ways that tourists in Highlands plan their visits, the Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is reorganizing its staff and changing its business model.


As folks return to Highlands in the spring, calls about noise and work being done after hours increase.

It is a busy time for the community of Highlands. As mayor I will be taking  a celebration  tour of community achievements for the next two months.    

Last Thursday’s budget workshop reminded me that a town can spend a million dollars in an instant. And I don’t mean on frivolous things, but on essentials.


Trinity Dendy races for the ball in last week’s game against Swain County.

Highlands had another winning week after beating Hayesville Monday and Murphy Tuesday.

Madison Lloyd takes a shot in Thursday’s game against Hayesville.

At the March 30 varsity girls’ soccer game, the Lady Highlanders defeated Hayesville 10-1. From the start, the Highlanders held a steady offense.

Chela Green passes through a defender in the Highlands School girls’ soccer game against Cherokee on Monday.

The Highlands School girls’ soccer team trounced Cherokee High School in a conference game at home on Monday, 4-1.


Dr. Patrick George Allen

Dr. Patrick George Allen, of Highlands, N. C., passed away suddenly on May 15, 2017. He was in the arms of his loving wife, Patricia Flewellyn Allen, who shared his love for 33 years.

Larry "Bubba" Cranfill

Bubba passed away on May 16, 2017 after a battle with liver cancer. It took his body but not his soul. There will be a Memorial Service for him on June 1, 11 a.m.

Gladys Neely Chastain Nix, passed away on May 19, 2017. Gladys was born on March 27, 1927, in Macon County, N.C.

The Highlander

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