Just before noon on Wednesday, Aug. 24, Highlands Fire & Rescue received a call for a structure fire on Hicks Road near Billy Cabin Road.

Mayor Patrick Taylor addresses about 25 Highlands merchants on Aug. 17 at the Community Building. The mayor and Public Works Director Lamar Nix discussed with business owners how they can work together to ensure that trash pickup needs are met after Sunday service was canceled.

Amid debate over the best way to address Highlands’ trash issues, town officials sat down with local business owners last week to hash out how the merchants can get what they need and how communica

Bob Frye

Town Manager Bob Frye announced his retirement at the Aug. 18 Town Board meeting, effective in December. On Tuesday, Aug.


Highlands Mayor Patrick Taylor hosted a trash summit last week where business owners, citizens and representatives from the town government were able to discuss the recent halt to Sunday trash pick

This weekend was very eventful for our public works department. It wasn’t about trash, but rather power and water.

I was at my house building cabinets for our new kitchen on Monday. I heard trucks and heavy equipment operating in a nearby area.


Highlands School freshman Carson Talbert, left, came in seventh in the 1,600-meter at the regional meet on May 14.

Two members of the Highlands School track team will advance to the 1A State Championship after good showings in the 1A West Regional Championship in Cherokee last Saturday. 

Courtney Henry, center, congratulates Aislinn Fitzpatrick on scoring a goal on May 11.

The Highlands School varsity girls’ soccer team closed out its season with a first-round playoff loss to Mountain Island Charter School on May 11. 

The Highlands School varsity girls’ soccer team honors its seniors on May 5. Left to right: Assistant Coach David Parrish, Whitney Billingsley, Coach Jeff Weller, Courtney Henry, Aislinn Fitzpatrick and Assistant Coach Shayna Bigazzi. Photo by Federico Bigazzi.

On Thursday, April 28, the Highlands School varsity girls’ soccer team played an intense game against Swain County High School at home.


Joanna McInnes Baumrucker

Joanna McInnes Baumrucker was born in Perth, Scotland on April 24, 1945.

Paula Jeanne Howe

Paula Jeanne Howe, age 80, went to be with our Lord on Saturday, August 20 2016 at 3:52 PM.

Mary Louise “Bunny” Railey, 86, of Scaly Mountain, NC, passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2016. She was born March 25, 1930, in Wolfdale, PA. She was an office manager for a fabrication business.

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