Highlands Literacy Council students and staff work on Christmas cards to pass out to residents at the Eckerd Assisted Living Center.

Spreading Christmas cheer

Just because the kids will be out of school over the last couple weeks of 2019, doesn’t mean the Highlands Literacy Council won’t be busy. The HLC, neatly ensconced in their new digs in Highlands Plaza, has several ongoing programs continuing…

Taylor honored by NCAG


    North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein recognized the work of two Macon County mayors, including Highlands’ Patrick Taylor, on Tuesday, Nov. 26.

Economic status unchaged for Macon


The North Carolina Department of Commerce unveiled its 2020 economic development tier designations on Monday and for the second consecutive year the news was positive for Macon County and Western N

Mini-budgets fill gaps as deadlock drags on

  As the General Assembly and Gov. Roy Cooper continue to debate a state budget months after the deadline, state legislators have been passing “mini budgets” to fund initiatives including rural internet access and teacher pay raises. District 120 Rep. Kevin Corbin said he and his...

Otto man dies in fire

A house fire on Monday claimed the life of an Otto man. The victim was identified on Wednesday as Dean D. Ellis, 66. The cause of death was smoke inhalation, according to the Macon County medical examiner. Otto Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire on American Way Drive at about 4 p.m....

Thanksgiving morning race expected to again draw hundreds to Cashiers

/ Staff CASHIERS -- Organizers expect that the second annual Thanksgiving Day Gobble on the Green 5K will again draw hundreds of participants to Cashiers. More than 500 runners from 27 states competed in last year’s inaugural 3.1-mile foot race, going from the Village Green Commons along Cashiers...

Highlanders split with Blue Ridge


Highlands and Blue Ridge set the table for the 2019-20 rivalry between the two schools with a middle school doubleheader Wednesday  in Glenville.