Commissioner Eric Pierson explains the different configurations laid out for the public’s review during the town’s Jan. 9 Land Use Committee meeting.

The Land Use Committee decided to forward a revised tree planter configuration and its accompanying discussion to the Highlands Board of Commissioners during tonight’s meeting.

Service award recipients from five years to 20 years were honored prior to the annual Highlands Fire and Rescue banquet. From left Jimmy Petrone, Austin Reese, Kelly Dendy, Eric Fielding, Seth Schmitt, Ryan Perkins, and Aaron Miller. Not pictured Robby Reed and Jim Tate.

Highlands Fire and Rescue took pause from its busy schedule to hand out some hardware during its annual awards banquet at the Old Edwards Inn Spring House Saturday night.

Student assistant Toby Barnes, a senior, talks about the advantages of having an iPad with Media Coordinator Terry Stamey.

Today’s classrooms look and function differently than those in the past.


The January meeting of the Highlands Town Board of is tonight at Community Center next to the ball field. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. with public comment.

You can make a difference in a young person’s life. And there is no better time to start than now.

One of the first things people learn when coming to Highlands is that it rains here. A lot.
After all, Highlands and the surrounding mountains are classified as a temperate rain forest.


Nate Keener fires a no-look pass for an assist against Summit Charter. Keener’s 14 points paced the Highlander offense.

The Highlands Middle School Highlanders split a pair of basketball games with Summit Charter School last week.
The Highlands boys, 4-4, downed their counterparts by a 36-7 score.

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.


Mary Lou Huck Nolan-Bazan, 75, passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 10, 2019 at her home in Gig Harbor, WA.

Rhonda Stockton Portley, 70, of Ft.

Edith Marshall, 84, went to be with the Lord on December 30, 2018.

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