Anne Koenig of the Counseling and Psychotherapy Group of Highlands holds up the March 9 edition of The Highlander to illustrate the difference between news of people caught in addiction and news of youth and vitality on the swim team.

Opioid addiction affects many individuals and families in Highlands, and a recent panel discussion aimed to raise awareness of the escalating crisis.

Nicole Haylor, executive director of the Chattooga Conservancy, addresses a crowd gathered at Satulah Mountain Brewing Co. in Highlands last week about a proposed timber-harvesting plan in the Nantahala National Forest.

A local conservation group is worried that a proposed land management project in the Nantahala National Forest in Macon and Jackson counties would undermine intentions to add acreage to the Ellicot

The Town of Highlands continued to fine-tune an agreement that could lead to better coverage for Verizon Wireless customers, tweaking language and sending revisions back to the negotiating table.


Last Tuesday, about 20 people sat in a room at the Peggy Crosby Center for two hours to listen to experts talk about the opioid crisis facing America.

Next week Highlands Town Manager Josh Ward and I travel to Raleigh for the North Carolina legislature Town Hall Day.

Happy Sunshine Week! No, this celebration does not have to do with the weather, which in Highlands has been more snowy than sunny the past few days.


Brady Jolly finishes a swim at the Highlands Rec Park pool.

On Feb. 25, the Highlands Hurricanes swim team hosted a meet at the Recreation Park pool, winning 27 of 80 events and setting 14 pool records. 

Benjamin Miller dribbles down the court in the Highlanders’ last conference game.

In the last game of the regular season, the Highlands School varsity boys’ basketball team got vindication for their prior-week’s loss to Blue Ridge Early College. 

Chela Green keeps her eyes on the basket as she dribbles in for a shot in the varsity girls’ game on Feb. 3.

The Highlands School varsity girls’ team fought tenaciously against Blue Ridge Early College at their last home game on Friday, Feb.


Nancy Balch Cox

Nancy Balch Cox, 92, formerly of Highlands, NC and most recently of Brookdale Senior Living, Woodstock, GA, passed forward Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at Brookdale.

Louis Favrot Reynaud

Louis Favrot Reynaud MD of Highlands, NC died peacefully on March 8, 2017 after a short illness. He was surrounded by his family and was laughing and talking until the end.

Deborah Taft Cummins

Deborah Taft Cummins of Atlanta, GA passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family, on March 19, 2017. Deb lived her life with grace and beauty.

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