The Town of Highlands Board of Commissioners approved its $16.4 million 2017-2018 budget during a regular voting meeting last week.

The Country Club of Sapphire’s main clubhouse complex is engulfed in roaring flames Monday night in a blaze fueled by a 1,000-pound propane tank that exploded.

A 1,000-gallon propane tank exploded minutes after being hit by a golf cart Monday night, fueling a fire that gutted half of the Country Club of Sapphire Valley’s multi-million dollar main clubhous

This rendering shows the view from Chestnut Street of the expanded Highlands Performing Arts Center.

The Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center will become the epicenter of the performing arts world in Highlands after a major expansion on track to begin later this year.


We are two months away from darkness coming to Highlands. The Great American Solar Eclipse will move across America on August 21, beginning in Oregon.

HB 581-Revisions to Outdoor Advertising Laws will be voted by legislators some time this week, may be as this piece goes to press. I have voiced my opposition to our representatives.

Our son was married this past weekend, and his bride is from Asheville. Sallie and I stayed at a hotel next to the town hall and the park.


Members of the Highlands Hurricanes, from left: Aniah McKim, Elias McKim, Blake Kenter, Chase Kenter, and Lauch Young.

On Thursday June 8, 2017, the Highlands Hurricanes Swim Team hosted the largest Amateur Athletes Union swim team in the state of North Carolina, Franklin Amateur Swim Team.

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.


Anne Patrick Major Doggett

Anne Patrick Major Doggett, 87, of Highlands passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Born in Anderson, SC, she was the daughter of the late Charles Smith and Lucia Edwards Sullivan Major.

John B. Freese Jr. born April 2, 1927 in Boston, Mass. and died May 3, 2017 in Winter Park, Fla. He leaves his wife Nancy and nine grandchildren.

Deborah Margaret Norman, 59, of Highlands passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017. A funeral service was held Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Shortoff Baptist Church.

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