Black bears in the Highlands region are attracted to trash improperly disposed of in unsecured dumpsters. Photo by Suzanne Magalis.

As black bears continue to raid downtown dumpsters, merchants and town officials seek a solution.

A new track and softball field are being installed at Highlands School to replace crumbling facilities.

Highlands School’s sports facilities are getting a major overhaul, as work nears completion on the new track, softball field and auxiliary buildings on school grounds.

Adam Bigelow talks about plants with students on a walk on a connector to the Mountains-to-Sea Trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway on May 24.

The woods around Highlands have sprung back to life, with wildflowers blooming and lush, green foliage once again blanketing the landscape.


The Highlander staff congratulates the Highlands School class of 2016, graduating this Saturday, and offers some tidbits of advice. 

Brad Spaulding:

Tonight’s Highlands Town Board meeting has a full agenda. As always we will meet at the Community Building at 7 p.m.

Since 1962, the nation has saluted law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty on National Peace Officers Memorial Day, May 15, and the week in which that date falls as P


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.


James Ray Wyatt

James Ray Wyatt, 74, of Highlands, NC, passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

Albert Louis Balestiere

Albert Louis Balestiere, 91, of Vero Beach, Florida, went to be with our Lord on May 20, 2016. Al was born in Rochester, NY on March 5, 1925.

Opal Lee Allsep Hedden

Opal Lee Allsep Hedden, age 98 of Highlands, NC, went peacefully to be with her Lord and family on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at Fidelia Eckerd Living Center.  She was born in Pickens County, SC, the d

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