In its second year of operation, the ice rink at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park has become a popular winter destination.

“It’s time, once again, for Mr. Obvious. Did you know that if a zebra didn’t have stripes, it would be a horse?”

Crews worked on installing a 20-foot extension to a communications tower on Big Pear Pen this week, as the Town Board purchased property adjacent to the tower and water tank.

The long road to better cellphone coverage in Highlands for Verizon customers does not appear to have an ending on the immediate horizon.

Pesky critters and persistent drought became topics of conversation at the Feb.


By any metric, race relations remain strained in the United States.

It time to spruce up Highlands. As warm weather approaches, our town crews will be doing repair work in advance of the season.

We all love those little candy hearts so prevalent around Valentine’s Day, but February provides an opportunity to focus on a more important heart — your own.


Benjamin Miller dribbles down the court in the Highlanders’ last conference game.

In the last game of the regular season, the Highlands School varsity boys’ basketball team got vindication for their prior-week’s loss to Blue Ridge Early College. 

Chela Green keeps her eyes on the basket as she dribbles in for a shot in the varsity girls’ game on Feb. 3.

The Highlands School varsity girls’ team fought tenaciously against Blue Ridge Early College at their last home game on Friday, Feb.

Destin Gearhart comes up against the Braves in Tuesday’s varsity boys’ game at home.

The Highlands School varsity basketball teams faced fierce opposition in their games against Cherokee High School on Tuesday night.


John Miller Anderson

John Miller Anderson, 88, of Highlands, passed away Monday, February 13, 2017.

Janet Cason Connell, 91, of Tryon, NC, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by family and loved ones on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. 

Barbara Z. Gomez

Barbara Z. Gomez, 88, of Springfield, MO died peacefully on Sunday January 15, 2017 at Mercy Hospital with family present. 

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