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Like the changing color of the leaves, a sign that fall is here is the increase in bear sightings around Highlands.

North Carolina Sen. Jim Davis (R-Macon) greets constituents during an event to announce his retirement on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Once he completes his fifth term in the North Carolina Senate, Jim Davis (R-Macon) has decided to step out of the political arena.

An artists rendering of the proposed new hospital in Franklin.

Officials behind the plans to build a replacement hospital for Angel Medical Center made their case to the Franklin Town Council during a special-use permit hearing on Monday night.


Highlands lost a great citizen this past week, former mayor John Cleveland. From 1983 to 1997 John served as our mayor.

North Carolina Sen. Jim Davis stood in front of an American flag-draped chair and shook hands with dozens of well wishers who gathered to thank him for his five terms in Raleigh.

A decade ago, no one had heard of a VRBO.


Highlands’ Julia May Schmitt and Ava Schmitt battle with BREC’s Charlotte Sherrill.

There had been rumblings echoing across the plateau from up in Glenville way about the play of the Blue Ridge Lady Bobcats so far in the 2019 season.

Sophomore hitter Julia May Schmitt spikes a kill against Murphy.

There is a mindset in sports, that, in order to be the best, you have to beat the best.
It is a mindset Coach Katy Postell and her Lady Highlanders volleyball team subscribe to.

Junior Luiz Torres pushes the ball upfield against East Henderson’s defense. Torres scored a pair of goals in a 2-2 tie with the Eagles on Monday night in the Highlanders’ season opening match.

A late second half goal spoiled the season opener for the Highlands boys soccer team and new coach Caleb Brown as the Highlanders tied East Henderson 2-2.


Lisa Kay Whitmire passed away Aug. 12, 2019 at her sister’s home in Louisville, Kentucky.
Lisa was born in Highlands on May 11, 1957 to the late Henry and Edna Whitmire.

Philip Powell, 86, of Highlands, and Crawfordville, FL, passed away, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019.  

Emmit Pickens Wood was born Aug. 30, 1929 in Whittier, to the late Claude L. and Emma W. Wood. He died peacefully at his home in Scaly Mountain on Aug. 24, 2019.

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