Jacqueline Medland will become president and chief nursing officer of Highlands-Cashiers Hospital in March. Photo courtesy of Mission Health

Mission Health named a new president and chief nursing officer for Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, five months after the departure of former hospital President Jackie Ring.

A young bear tries to get into a suet bird feeder hung 8 feet high. Bears in the Highlands region do not go into full hibernation, so they may be seen even in winter. Photo by Anoldent/Flickr

The plateau has been a little busier this winter than in years past, and it’s not just visitors and seasonal residents sticking around later in the year.

Old Edwards Inn plans to expand out this corner space on Spring Street to install a more advanced laundry machine.

The nature of “hardship” became the topic of last week’s Zoning Board meeting, as it considered two very different projects in Highlands. 


You can make a difference in a young person’s life. And there is no better time to start than now. 

I had the honor of attending the annual Highlands Fire & Rescue awards dinner last Saturday night.

In addition to personal resolutions for the new year, we can all take action to make Highlands a better place in 2017. The Highlander offers the following ideas:


Destin Gearhart comes up against the Braves in Tuesday’s varsity boys’ game at home.

The Highlands School varsity basketball teams faced fierce opposition in their games against Cherokee High School on Tuesday night.

Teammates congratulate Garrison Chalker (#21) after he scored at the end of a middle school game on Jan. 5.

The Highlands middle school boys’ basketball team claimed victory over rival Blue Ridge last Thursday in a game that was a close battle to the end.

Jake Billingsley goes up in the varsity game against Murphy.

The Highlands School varsity boys’ basketball team is coming together, as it beat Hiwassee Dam at home on Tuesday, 68-58. Jose Jimenez was the leading scorer, with 16 points.


Mary Cumming Fitzhugh

Mary Cumming Fitzhugh passed away peacefully in her Griffin, Georgia, home December 9, 2016.

Jessie Caroline Picklesimer Owens, 95, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14 at Macedonia Baptist Church.

Robert Brand Womsley

Robert Brand Womsley, 83, a resident of Highlands, passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2016.

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