The North Carolina Local Government Commission officially gave the Town of Highlands the go-ahead regarding the construction of a fiber optic network on March 6.

Photo by Dan Brown/Staff Students from Kate Messer’s fifth grade class play a game called “Kahoot” that involves different multiple-choice questions answered via their iPad tablets. From left, Mariah Watts, Leela Chrestman, Agustin Rios and Isaac Wardwell, enjoy the fun.

The iPads are in.

Photo by Dan Brown/Staff Construction crews worked building a boardwalk trail around Lindenwood Lake at the Highlands Biological Station on Monday afternoon.

Work crews at the Highlands Biological Station have been battling the weather over the winter as they work to complete the renovations to its north campus.


The March Highlands Town Board meeting is tonight at 7 p.m. at the Highlands Community Center next to the ball field. The agenda has four major items.

    In the 1970’s a group of early software developers were tasked with getting students interested in technology through the use of computers.

Sunshine Week officially began Sunday, March 10, but the idea behind the annual celebration of local journalism and government transparency should be kept in mind all year.


Highlands’ Madi Drummonds (9) battles for a ball with a Franklin player during their soccer match on Monday.

The combination of inclement weather and an inexperienced roster is far from an ideal blend. But that’s the hand Highlands’ soccer team has been dealt as the first day of spring arrives.

Head coach Brett Lamb gives instructions to his team during a fourth quarter timeout against Pine Lake Prep on Thursday.

The basketball season came to an end on Thursday night at Highlands as the boys lost a 73-63 decision to Pine Lake Prep in the second round of the NC High School Athletic Association 1-A state play

Haley Borino splits the defense as she drives for two against Blue Ridge.

On Friday night, the final home game of the 2018-19 basketball season, there was simply too much Highlanders for visiting Blue Ridge to handle.


Dr. Richard “Buddy” Martorell, 92, passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at the age of 92, while in hospice care.

William “Bill” Claude Houston, 65, of Highlands, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2019.

Archibald “Archie” Lyman Picklesimer, 95, passed away Friday, March 15, 2019 in Keystone Heights, Florida.

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