Last weekend, Highlands’ downtown Main Street was packed with thousands of visitors from across the south for the 2018 Highlands Food and Wine festival. On Saturday, alternative country music star Robert Earl Keen wowed a standing room only crowd during the Main Event.  See 1B for full coverage of the Main Event and other weekend happenings.

Two words can describe last weekend’s Food and Wine festival – unbridled fun.

Sarah Conway attended an anti-Southside Project rally in Asheville on Nov. 1.

The latest round in a battle between the United States Forest Service and environmental advocates over logging old-growth trees has both sides awaiting a decision on what happens next.

Jackson Hall

A silent auction, dinner and cake walk are among some of the events slated to help raise money for a local student battling cancer.


We cover issues important to our community. We are at local events not only as journalists, but as members of the Highlands community.

Last weekend was busy. The Highlands Food and Wine festival was once again a great success.

This is a two-fold thought as we approach Veterans Day this Sunday.


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.


Cesarine “Cissy” Cecelia Schultz McKelvain, 64,  went for heaven unexpectedly on Sunday November 4, 2018. Born and raised in West Palm Beach,  FL.

Betsey Baumrucker, born Elizabeth Ruth Judd on January 21, 1930 passed away October 26, 2018 in Jacksonville FL. She attended Stephens Women’s College in Columbia MO, was a member of the 1952 Jacks

September 16, 1932 – October 21, 2018

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