Attendees of Highlands Community Fund’s Rise and Shine party enjoy the scene.

The Highlands Community Fund held their annual Rise and Shine party at the Bascom on Aug.

The sun broke through the rain clouds for only a few minutes after the 2016 Twilight 5K. Regardless of the weather, the race raised more than $10,000 for youth skating in Highlands.

The Town of Highlands is abuzz with excitement over the upcoming total solar eclipse, and one annual event — the Twilight 5K — is reaping the benefits.

The Highlands Fire Department gave families an up close look at vehicles used to fight fires, provided some live music and handed out hot dogs for all that attended the annual Fire Truck open house


The possibility of Highlands having a massive influx of visitors for the solar eclipse, as we are in the stretch of totality, has a lot of people guessing what the situation will actually be like.

I’m writing this piece on Monday, exactly two weeks before the Great American Solar Eclipse. Many Highlanders have been dreaming and speculating about it.

It’s black berry season, and I’m picking. I want to also pick a few local items, and share them.


Members of the Highlands Hurricanes, from left: Aniah McKim, Elias McKim, Blake Kenter, Chase Kenter, and Lauch Young.

On Thursday June 8, 2017, the Highlands Hurricanes Swim Team hosted the largest Amateur Athletes Union swim team in the state of North Carolina, Franklin Amateur Swim Team.

Trinity Dendy races for the ball in last week’s game against Swain County.

Highlands had another winning week after beating Hayesville Monday and Murphy Tuesday.

Madison Lloyd takes a shot in Thursday’s game against Hayesville.

At the March 30 varsity girls’ soccer game, the Lady Highlanders defeated Hayesville 10-1. From the start, the Highlanders held a steady offense.



Martha Perry “Marna” Cobb Chalker, 86 of Houston, Texas passed away peacefully on July 13, 2017. Born in Franklin, N.C., raised in Highlands, N.C. she was the daughter of the late Wilton H.

Michael Cole Dasinger, 24, of Fortson, GA, and Scaly Mountain, NC, passed away on Sunday, August 6, 2017.

Frances Wilson Reed, age 88, of the Satolah community, Clayton, Georgia, went to be with her Lord and Savior on August 7, 2017.

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