Holly and Eric Haight of Washington, D.C., do some window shopping.

Establishments that thrive on the tourist trade in Highlands are reporting a healthy start to the summer season, thanks to sunny weather and a long Fourth of July weekend.

Highlands will be seeking a new planning director before the year is up, as current planning chief Randy Feierabend prepares to retire this fall.

Rebecca Shuler, who has served as Highlands’ town clerk for the past five years, is taking on the finance director role.

The Town of Highlands has named its new finance director, and it will be a familiar face to anyone who has visited Town Hall over the past five years.


“There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.” — Graham Greene

Last Thursday was a busy day in Highlands. The Highlands Area Chamber of Commerce had a great after-hours event at the Park on Main. Nitrograss was a wonderful part of the festivities.

Here in a summertime idyll of lush green mountains, it can be easy to merely shake one’s head at difficult stories on the news, believing it’s all happening far away and doesn’t affect us. 


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.


William Barrett Howell

William Barrett Howell, 87, died of heart failure at home on June 18, 2016. Barrett was a sixth generation Atlantan, the second son born to the late Clark and Margaret Carr Howell.

Lyla Marie Sealey

Lyla Marie Sealey, 90, died June 14, 2016 at The Cheasapeake Retirement Community in Newport News. Marie was born August 21, 1925 in Highlands, N.C., oldest daughter of Frank and Winifred Neely.

William Barry Wallis

William Barry Wallis, of Sandy Springs, Ga. and Highlands, NC passed away on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at the age of 71 due to a post-surgical complication while in recovery at Piedmont Hospital.

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