Julia Grumbles, president of the Highlands Biological Station board of trustees, introduces an improvement project of the Botanical Garden at Business After Hours on June 23.

One of Highlands’ best-kept secrets is set to receive a facelift as the Highlands Biological Station aims to draw more visitors to the north side of its property, off Lower Lake Road around Lindenw

Gary Wein of HCLT and Michael Skinner, executive director of the Balsam Mountain Trust, lead a tour of the Balsam Mountain Preserve, focusing on the area’s native plants, history and ecology.

An intrepid group of 20 hikers set out from the Balsam Mountain Trust’s nature center on a winding hike through densely wooded forest along a burbling mountain stream, dotted by numerous small wate

Grooming at Dogz Best Friend in Glenville.

As summer vacation season heats up and residents and seasonal visitors plan getaways, businesses seek to fill the need for pet care while Fluffy and Fido’s owners escape town. 


This weekend, Highlands will see an influx of cars with license plates from Georgia, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina and beyond.

I had the most important person I have ever had to visit my pottery studio this past Saturday.

Ah, summer. A time for enjoying a cold brew or sipping a glass of wine or two. Summer, a time when Highlands sees more drivers on the roads than any other time of year.


Highlands School freshman Carson Talbert, left, came in seventh in the 1,600-meter at the regional meet on May 14.

Two members of the Highlands School track team will advance to the 1A State Championship after good showings in the 1A West Regional Championship in Cherokee last Saturday. 

Courtney Henry, center, congratulates Aislinn Fitzpatrick on scoring a goal on May 11.

The Highlands School varsity girls’ soccer team closed out its season with a first-round playoff loss to Mountain Island Charter School on May 11. 

The Highlands School varsity girls’ soccer team honors its seniors on May 5. Left to right: Assistant Coach David Parrish, Whitney Billingsley, Coach Jeff Weller, Courtney Henry, Aislinn Fitzpatrick and Assistant Coach Shayna Bigazzi. Photo by Federico Bigazzi.

On Thursday, April 28, the Highlands School varsity girls’ soccer team played an intense game against Swain County High School at home.


William Barrett Howell

William Barrett Howell, 87, died of heart failure at home on June 18, 2016. Barrett was a sixth generation Atlantan, the second son born to the late Clark and Margaret Carr Howell.

Lyla Marie Sealey

Lyla Marie Sealey, 90, died June 14, 2016 at The Cheasapeake Retirement Community in Newport News. Marie was born August 21, 1925 in Highlands, N.C., oldest daughter of Frank and Winifred Neely.

William Barry Wallis

William Barry Wallis, of Sandy Springs, Ga. and Highlands, NC passed away on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at the age of 71 due to a post-surgical complication while in recovery at Piedmont Hospital.

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