Attendees of the low-country boil on Saturday, June 18. Funds raised will go toward finishing the park. (Photo by Skip Taylor.)

The beats of soul music thrummed through a crowd enjoying a sunny spring night in Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park last Saturday.

Farmers, gardeners and groundskeepers around Highlands are fighting to keep plants watered as Mother Nature continues to withhold needed rain.

Cai Roman credits the communities of Highlands and Scaly Mountain with helping him achieve success.

Cai Roman, a 2012 alumnus of Highlands School, recently graduated from Columbia University, becoming the first resident of Scaly Mountain to graduate from an Ivy League college. 


Ah, summer. A time for enjoying a cold brew or sipping a glass of wine or two. Summer, a time when Highlands sees more drivers on the roads than any other time of year.

The tragic murder of 49 innocent people in Orlando made the country realize once again that there is no place free from senseless gun violence at the hands of deranged people, whether radical Islam

Even well-intentioned initiatives can stir controversy, and such is the case with the proposal for a revamped Highlands Food & Wine Festival (formerly Culinary Weekend) that was brought before


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.


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.

Bruce Allan Bunner

Bruce Allan Bunner of Fernandina Beach, Florida and Highlands, North Carolina, passed away peacefully at his home in Highlands on Sunday, June 5, 2016. He was 82 years old. 

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