Traffic on Highway 28 South at Clear Creek Road was backed up for an hour while crews worked to cut away a fallen tree.

Heavy winds and rain Monday evening from tropical storm Irma caused widespread power outages as fallen trees blocking roadways made travel nearly impossible Tuesday morning.

The Elizabeth Wright Prince House, at 524 N. Fourth Street, was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places.

As the oldest existing house in Highlands, the Elizabeth Wright Prince House has recently been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Sara O’Neal, left, and her assistant teacher Joy Henderson work in their classroom during the second week of school.

There are a few new faces at Highlands School this year, and that’s not counting the newly minted kindergarteners.


Hurricane Irma spread a path of devastation throughout the southeastern United States over the past week, and Highlands felt the lingering effects as high winds and rains passed through on Monday n

I’m at home on Monday afternoon waiting for Irma to arrive and bring high winds and heavy rain. My primary concern is for the power to remain on, or rather to restore it if it fails.

Planning Director Andrew Bowan recently held a workshop to discuss some long- and short-term goals for the future of Highlands.


“Highlands played hard and maintained momentum against a strong sided East Henderson last Friday,” said Head Coach David Parrish. “ As of Sept. 8, their record is 2-4-1 overall.

The girls’ middle school volleyball team opened their season with a win against Rabun Gap by winning the first two games in a best of three game series last Thursday.

The Lady Highlanders varsity girls’ volleyball team faced a tough loss on Tuesday against Swain. They won their first game but lost the next three.


James Thomas “Jim” Callier, Jr.

James Thomas “Jim” Callier, Jr., passed away on September 3, 2017, at home in Charlottesville, Va., after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Nancy Linehan Ryan, 84, of Sapphire, NC, passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2017.  She was born in Englewood, NJ, the daughter of the late John C. and Anne McFadden Linehan.

Nadyne Hofer (Nee Lefholz) of Clearwater, Florida, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 3, 2017 in Highlands, N.C. at the age of 94.

The Highlander

Phone: 1-828-526-4114 
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