Highlands resident Kathy Moore, a former patient of Dr. Herb Plauche’s, said Plauche saved her more than five years after treating a broken ankle she suffered, which required a rod and a pair of screws to repair.

Longtime Highlands Cashiers Hospital Orthopedic Surgeon Herb Plauche was honored by friends, colleagues and scores of patients Dec.

This bridge over Middle Creek on NC 106 will be replaced.

A new bridge over Middle Creek in the Scaly Mountain community drew inquisitive eyes on Nov. 29 from dozens of residents who may be impacted by the project.

The Highlands Town Board could vote on the addition of four trees to Main Street at tonight’s meeting.

A revised tree planter design and configuration will be presented to the Highlands Board of Commissioners for discussion and possible approval at tonight’s 7 p.m.


Unlike many other places in the Southeast, Highlands area residents are fairly adept at preparing for and handling snow. We simply get more of it.

This past weekend we were all victims of that frustrating winter storm. Our town electric crews were the most frustrated.

Last week was busy beyond just the Christmas Tree issue. Let me cover two other issues.


Destin Gearhart dribbles down field in a game against Swain County on Sept. 17. Gearhart scored the Highlanders lone goal and assisted in an own-goal off a misplayed throw-in to force overtime in Highlands’ 3-2 season-ending loss to Mountain Island Charter on Saturday.

The Highlands boys’ soccer team’s season came to an abrupt end on Saturday with a 3-2 overtime loss to Mountain Island Charter out of Mt.

A third-time match up with Hiwassee Dam looms as Highlands’ volleyball team swept inter-county rival Blue Ridge 3-0 in the first round of the Little Smoky Mountain Conference tournament Monday.

The 2018 Highlands soccer seniors are from left: Freddi Lopez, Jared Shearl, Mattson Gates, Hunter Collins, Jake Billingsley, Drew Chalker, Carson Talbert, Destin Gearhart and Caden Smolarsky.

A 5-1 season-finale loss to Hayesville Tuesday night threatened the Highlands soccer team’s chances of reaching the North Carolina High School Athletics Association Class 1A tournament.


Suzanne Calista Koepp-Baker Hall, 84, passed away Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at Skyland Care Center after a short illness. Sue Hall was born in Des Moines, IA April 29, 1934. Her parents were Dr.

Lafferty, Robert Steel Jr. (Bob) 83, of Ft. Lauderdale, went to heaven peacefully on December 7, 2018, surrounded by loved ones.

Highlands, NC, George Elliott Siek, Sr., 88, passed away Friday, November 30, 2018. He was born August 10, 1930 in Hartford, CT, the son of the late Hilmer and Dorothy Merkel Siek. Mr.

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