Dick Chitty lives at Highlands Country Club and collects his recyclables in two large plastic trash cans, which he keeps in his garage out of the reach of bears.

While the Town of Highlands continues to keep an eye open for a piece of property suitable for building a Macon County Recycling convenience center in town limits, the county’s solid waste departme

Selwyn Clark and Vivian Kennedy have lunch at the Highlands Rec Park on Monday. Rec Park campers have the choice to bring lunch from home or to participate in the USDA Summer Food Service Program, sponsored by Macon Program for Progress.

Each weekday during the summer, the two-dozen kids enrolled in the Highlands Recreation Park’s day camp program wash their hands and line up for lunch.

An artist's rendering of the restaurant to fill vacant space in Wright Square.

The Town of Highlands Board of Zoning Adjustment gave its stamp of approval to the investment company that owns the Park on Main Hotel, which plans to renovate a restaurant in Wright Square.


When traveling down Main Street in downtown Highlands, you’re not often reminded that there are people in the community in need.

I want to revisit the impending August 21st Great American Solar Eclipse. On Wednesday, July 26 at 9 a.m. there will be a community meeting concerning the eclipse weekend.

Summertime as a teenager traditionally entails getting a part-time job, spending time with friends, and maybe squeezing in a vacation with the family.


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.


Lyn Smith

Augusta, Ga. – Entered into rest Tuesday, July 11, 2017, Lelia T. “Lyn” Smith, 73, wonderful and loving wife of R.


William Ross Britton Jr. passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on June 27, 2017 in Charlotte, NC at the age of 74.

Rebecca Early Clary entered eternal life on Friday, June 23 in the comfort of her own home in Madison, GA.

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