Highlands street crews work to trim back damaged rhododendron and mountain laurel and clear up debris in the Holt Knob neighborhood following a snowstorm on Dec. 8.
Terry Winn and Karen Hendricks said two drills are required each year at HCH.
Rescue volunteers were a welcomed sight to the dogs living in filthy conditions in Candler County, Georgia.
The rescue squad begins the journey back with the rescued hikers.

News

Highlands saw more than 125 inches of rain in 2018, the most the area has seen since the Highlands Biological Station started keeping track of local rainfall in 1961 and 42 inches more than the yea

Highlands street crews work to trim back damaged rhododendron and mountain laurel and clear up debris in the Holt Knob neighborhood following a snowstorm on Dec. 8.

The snow may be gone for now, but the work to clear roads and right-of-ways from the debris the recent storms left behind has been difficult since more than a foot of snow fell on Dec.

Terry Winn and Karen Hendricks said two drills are required each year at HCH.

One of the most critical components of Highlands Cashiers Hospital’s active shooter drill on Dec. 5, was the need to inform the public that this was just a drill.

Opinion

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.

The recent winter storm was probably the most severe since the famous1993 blizzard. It pounded the plateau with a combination of freezing rain, ice and snow.

In addition to personal resolutions for the new year, we can all take action to make Highlands a better place in 2019. The Highlander offers the following ideas:

Sports

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.

The 2018 Highlands soccer seniors are from left: Freddi Lopez, Jared Shearl, Mattson Gates, Hunter Collins, Jake Billingsley, Drew Chalker, Carson Talbert, Destin Gearhart and Caden Smolarsky.

A 5-1 season-finale loss to Hayesville Tuesday night threatened the Highlands soccer team’s chances of reaching the North Carolina High School Athletics Association Class 1A tournament.

Obituaries

Captain Percy M. (Pat) Beard, Jr.

Captain Percy M. (Pat) Beard, Jr. USN (Ret) of Atlanta, Georgia passed away peacefully on December 23, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.

Lillie Savannah Stancil Billingsley

Lillie Savannah Stancil Billingsley, was born on February 22, 1945 at home to Carl Mayford Stancil and Louise Gibson Stancil on Taylor’s Chapel, Rabun Gap, Georgia.

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

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