Highlands School cheerleader Brianna Norris leads the squad in a cheer during halftime of the boys’ basketball game on homecoming Friday.

Highlands School cheerleader Brianna Norris has landed a pretty prestigious invitation, being selected to represent HHS at the CheerHawaii USA Invitational.

After being removed on Nov. 26, a cross tree-topper was returned to the town Christmas tree after Mayor Taylor agreed to a compromise.

Highlands Mayor Patrick Taylor ceded to local backlash from those who took exception to his decision to remove a cross from atop the town’s new Christmas tree, and returned the cross to its place a

The Highlands School grades 3-5 proved their mettle against their elder classmates by capturing the 2018 Homecoming Spirit Stick highlighting homecoming Week festivities at Friday’s pep rally.

Highlands falls to Franklin 63-38


Last week was busy beyond just the Christmas Tree issue. Let me cover two other issues.

Forty-first U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush, who died Friday, is being remembered as a man of greatness but also of uncommon decency and kindness.

Many Highlander readers likely celebrated a bountiful Thanksgiving meal, breaking bread (and turkey and stuffing and green bean casserole and sweet potatoes and pie) with friends and family last we


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.


Theodore F. Wisniewski, 79, of Highlands joined the love of his life on Sunday, November 25, 2018.

Paul Weldon Sanger Jr. died peacefully at his home in Atlanta on November 29, 2018.

Jeremy Roy “JJ” Robinson II, 21, of Scaly Mountain, NC passed away Thursday, November 29, 2018.

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