Visitors packed the Highlands Food and Wine Festival for four days of gourmet offerings and custom cocktails from across the Southeast.

Food and Wine draws big crowd

On Saturday, the musical order of the day was rhythm and blues. At Sunday’s Food and Wine Festival finale, a little bluegrass was ordered up to bring this year’s weekend festival home. After Anderson East rocked Main Street with his Detroit soul,…

Honoring America’s veterans


The first remarks from American Legion Post 370 Commander Ed McCloskey involved the weather, and the perfect day ordered up for this Veterans Day, which marked the 100th anniversary of the American

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...

Volleyball falls to North Stanly


“The luck of the draw,” is one of the most over-used clichés in the sports book, but when Highlands took the floor for its first round NCHSAA Class 1A state playoff game, the Lady Highlanders reali