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Schools to reopen on Aug. 17

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The plan to reopen schools in Macon County, including Highlands School, came into focus on July 30 when the Macon County Board of Education solidified its plan to start the school year on Aug.

Town replaces totaled police cruiser

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The Highlands board of commissioners held a specially called meeting on Wednesday to make a pair of budget amendments related to a police department vehicle that was totaled in an accident in July.

Ham-Ye family reunited

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A lot has happened in the nearly six months Melanie Ham-Ye and her family have been living atop Cowee Ridge outside Highlands, high above US 64 and a stone’s throw from Whiteside Mountain.