In this photo taken on April 16, Mirror Lake was almost entirely drained so that the extent of sediment buildup could be determined. The lake was refilled this week.

Visitors to the shore of Mirror Lake in Highlands might have been puzzled in recent weeks as the waterline dropped, leaving an exposed lakebed with only small creeks and pools remaining.

Luther Turner spends time with Nina Johnson at her home as he delivers meals on Friday, April 22.

By 11 a.m. each Friday, Luther Turner is on the road, crisscrossing from one end of Highlands to the other as he visits seniors throughout the community.

The summer schedule for Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park was a hot topic at the April 21 meeting of the Highlands Town Board of Commissioners, as groups received the go ahead to host fundraising eve


As I jogged around the corner from Smallwood Avenue to Sixth Street last Saturday morning, I got showered in my first blast of bright orange powder.

What a wonderful day last Saturday for the Highlands Gorge Cleanup and Plateau Pickup. Jennifer Cunningham of the Highlands Visitor Center diligently coordinated the event.

Parents are faced with many difficult decisions regarding raising their kids to be as happy and healthy as possible.


Junior Karla Barraco, who scored the game-winning goal at the April 14 Highlands School varsity girls’ soccer game, kicks the ball downfield as sophomore Kim Feria gets in position. Photo by Carolyn Morrisroe/staff.

At the April 14 varsity girls’ soccer game, the Lady Highlanders defeated Stephens County High School with a score of 10-1. Right out of the gate, the Highlands team was energized.

Madison Lloyd

Players on the Highlands School varsity basketball teams received post-season accolades. 


W.E. “Gene” Houston, 81, of Rabun Gap, GA, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2016, at his home.

Mary Pugh Matthews

Mary Pugh Matthews died on March 16, 2016. She was born on June 22, 1924 in Geneva, Switzerland, where her parents, A Franklin Pugh and Lea Callaway Pugh, happened to be vacationing at the time.

Ann Hetzel Beatty

Ann Hetzel Beatty, 94, of Panama City Beach, FL, died Monday, October 26, 2015 at Covenant Hospice Care, Bay Medical Center in Panama City, FL.

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