Co-producer Harrison Powell, right, shares his insights about “The Best of Enemies” prior to a showing at the Highlands playhouse on Saturday night. Powell lives in Atlanta but is a frequent visitor to Highlands.

    The Highlands Playhouse has been the site of thousands of film screenings during its 80 years of bringing stage and screen productions to the plateau.

Highlands Biological Station Executive Director Jim Costa has been named a visiting scholar at the New York Botanical Garden.

Highlands Biological Station Executive Director Jim Costa has been named a visiting scholar at the New York Botanical Gardens.

Members of the Advancing Highlands Education Committee, known as AHEC, were recognized for their contributions to the school by the Macon County Board of Education on Monday night. The group recently oversaw a donation that led to the purchase of new iPads for students in grades K-5. Since its inception, AHEC has brought in close to $100,000 in private donations.

The Macon County Board of Education travels up to Highlands twice each year for a monthly meeting.


I was on the road last week. My travel was connected to current town issues.

While the temperatures may have screamed summer over the past week, the first day of the season doesn’t actually fall until Friday, June 21.

There has always been an argument about when does “the season” start in Highlands and across Western North Carolina.


Highlands’ Drew Chalker hits a chip.

The Highlands boys golf team made a little bit of history this week by competing for the first time ever as a team in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 1A state golf tournam

Highlands forward Betty Garcia finished her soccer career with 21 goals and 19 assists. Highlands fell in the second round of the NC High School Athletic Association 1-A state tournament at Union Academy on Friday, May 10.

There’s not much a team can do when, coming into a state tournament, it has to face the UCLA of soccer in the second round.

Betty Garcia, Haley Borino and Kedra McCall took All-Conference honors for the third place Lady Highlanders soccer  team in 2019.

Highlands High School honored its 2018-19 sports teams Monday night at the Park and Recreation Center gymnasium.


Doris Long, a resident of Highlands since 1977, passed away peacefully May, 9, 2019, in the care of the cardiac staff at Mission Hospital, Asheville.

Mildred Lucille Houston, 92, of Franklin, passed away May 14, 2019 in Brevard, NC.

Charles Floyd Baty, 56, of Highlands, passed away Monday, April 29, 2019. He was born February 18, 1963 to the late Roy Lee Baty and Mary Jenkins Baty.

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