Mayor Pat Taylor said the local recycling situation is not near as bad as some residents and businesses make it out to be, but he understands when Highlands residents say recycling has become a pro

The Gold-N-Clipper was the location of a jewelry heist in 2015.

Federal charges have been added to the long list of charges awaiting smash-and-grab burglary suspect Jeramie Lee McSweeney.

Mark Lassiter of Cashiers, bottom, steadies the safety rope Monday as fellow ice climber Matt Chrestman of Highlands scales frozen-solid Silver Run Falls off N.C. Highway 107 South. The recent blast of Arctic air and lingering sub-zero temperatures transformed southern Jackson County waterfalls into masses of ice.

A bomb cyclone raked up the eastern seaboard last week, dropping near record snowfall on the coastal Carolinas region, and while Highlands and the plateau were spared the snow this time around, the


On Monday, at about 11 a.m. the thermometer eclipsed the freezing mark of 32 degrees for the first time in more than a week, and things around Highlands slowly began to thaw.

A mayor’s duties can be interpreted in very narrow or broad terms. The narrow, which I  tend to embrace, is toward specific and defined duties as Highlands’ mayor.

The start of a new year is time to look forward and to reflect. In the next couple of articles I will be doing just that.


Both the boys and girls varsity basketball teams chalked up a loss  when they faced up against Murphy  on Dec. 21. The boys lost 59 – 72 and the Lady Highlanders lost 35 – 82.

One of the biggest highlights of the quadruple header on Dec. 13 was when the Lady Highlanders varsity basketball team faced off against Franklin in a rescheduled Homecoming game.

The Highlanders high school soccer team has advanced in the state palyoffs.


Marie Nichols Duvall

Marie Nichols Duvall, 92, of Franklin, peacefully reached the end of this journey called life on Monday, January 1, 2018, at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva, NC.

Martha Rea Anders McConnell Kell, 98, passed away Saturday, January 6, 2018. She was born March 2, 1919 in Rabun County, Ga. The family will received friends Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

Frances James Kirven, age 74, of Cashiers, N.C. passed away on Monday, January 1, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family.  

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