Tony Buettner speaks at the PAC on Monday night.

The first misconception Tony Buettner wanted to clear up about he and his brother’s Blue Zone Initiative, is that a Blue Zone has nothing to do with the color of an elderly woman’s hair. 

Western Carolina University interim chancellor Alison Morrison-Shetlar speaks to members of the WCU Board of Trustees at the Highlands Biological Station on Thursday, June 6.

Leaders from the region’s largest university converged on Highlands to discuss current and future endeavors featuring two long-standing organizations on Thursday.

Highlands Smokehouse associate America Martinez, 19, of Franklin, serves up a tray of barbecue pork, baked beans and Brunswick stew.

There are plenty of places to grab a meal and a drink in Highlands, but the landscape is ever changing. Eateries come and they go, and one group’s failure might be another’s success. 


The Western Carolina University board of trustees and incoming chancellor’s visit to the Highlands Biological Station on Thursday, June 6 was historic.

Monday was a day of meetings for me.  

A recent letter-to-the editor raised questions about our water and sewer department policies and pending rate increase.  The writer implied that I didn’t create an accurate picture of the rate incr


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.


David Norman Jude Roy, 66, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2019 in Independence, Louisiana Mr. Roy was born in New Orleans, Louisiana to the late Raymond Leo Roy and Eugenie DeFraites Roy.  

Charles Daniel “Danny” Sherrill, 77, passed away Friday, May 24. Mr. Sherrill was born in Swain County September 5, 1941 to the late Lewis Edwin Sherrill and Jacqueline Hall Sherrill.

Stephen Lamar Rogers, 65 passed away Monday, May 20, 2019. Mr. Rogers was born August 11, 1953 in Jackson County to the late Frank and Iva Lee Hyatt Rogers.

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