Photo by Susan Renfro

Highlands received its first snowfall of the season this week, picking up 7 inches last Friday evening into Saturday.

Phase two of renovation and construction will build monuments and a water feature on this section of Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park.

Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park could soon enter the final phases of construction, thanks to a number of significant financial contributions made to the Friends of Founders Park organization.

The Highlands Hurricanes have been breaking records and bringing home medals since the team restarted in 2014 and since going year-round after the installation of an enclosure at the Recreation Park pool.

With just their second full year of year-round competition partially completed, the Highlands Hurricanes are already making waves at competitive swimming events.


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:

It’s that time of year — heavy snow resulting in opportunities to think and plan. Let me share some thoughts.

In a society where so much attention gets paid to tragedies, crises and political hype, The Highlander endeavors to also spotlight those in our community working to make a positive difference.


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.

 Drew Chalker keeps the ball from Yellow Jacket defense.

The varsity boys basketball team lost 62-44 to Hayesville High School at home on Dec. 19, as their attempts to score were foiled by a tight defense.


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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