Thieves gained entry to the Nature Center by prying open a lower-level rear door on Nov. 11.

Highlands Police Department Chief Bill Harrell said in an email statement on Sunday that a pair of suspects have been identified in the series of burglaries at the Highlands Biological Station and

Ed McCloskey looks over memorabilia from the Kennedy assassination 55 years ago during an interview at The Highlander offices.

For a twenty-something-year-old man, in many ways still a boy, Nov. 22, 1963, 55-years ago today, was life-changing.

Bill Edwards speaks  at the Nov. 15 Highlands Board of Commissioners meeting.

Highlands business owners and residents voiced their opposition to the proposed tree-planter addition to Main Street that would force motorists to parallel park to the left during the Nov.


Last Thursday, the Highlands Board of Commissioners held a public discussion regarding the installation of trees along Main Street between Third and Fifth streets and their impact on downtown parki

I wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. It is a special day to be with friends and families, and copious amounts of food and beverage will be consumed in Highlands.

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


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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