The Muskrat 2 fire is burning near Winding Stair Gap.
Kyle Pursel peers into a crevice while looking for Green Salamanders on a recent excursion.
Visitors walk under Bridal Veil Falls while temporary barricades block vehicles from passing under the waterfall.
Vehicles crowd this month along the side of a pothole-filled gravel lane leading from Breedlove Road to the Salt Rock entrance of Panthertown Valley. The entrance is less than eight miles from the Cashiers crossroads.
Worshippers gather at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church as part of the ecumenical procession on Good Friday, 2016.
A loader sits unused Friday after wet and cold weather halted progress on the Pine Street paving project.

News

The Muskrat 2 fire is burning near Winding Stair Gap.

An unfortunate sight sent a harsh reminder to Western North Carolina residents last week as smoke filled the air in multiple locations across the region.

Kyle Pursel peers into a crevice while looking for Green Salamanders on a recent excursion.

The Green Salamander’s down-listing from “endangered” to “threatened” on the State of North Carolina’s list of vulnerable species doesn’t necessarily mean their numbers are increasing, and research

Visitors walk under Bridal Veil Falls while temporary barricades block vehicles from passing under the waterfall.

Visitors to one of Highlands’ most popular waterfalls may want to adjust their expectations for future visits, if the U.S.

Opinion

Some say, “Earth Day is every day,” and many people and organizations in Highlands take this to heart. 

I hope to see everyone at 9 a.m. Saturday morning at the Highlands Chamber for the Plateau Litter Pickup.

When the General Assembly passed a bill last year that limited classroom sizes, there were very few critics – at first.

Sports

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.

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. 

Obituaries

Kathryn Sue Hopper Potts

Kathryn Sue Hopper Potts passed away peacefully on April 5, 2017 in the presence of her beloved family.

Madaline Johnson Huie died peacefully at her home in Highlands, NC on April 4, 2017 from complications associated with Multiple Sclerosis.

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.

The Highlander

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