Chief Holland

Highlands Police Chief Andrea ‘Sissy’ Holland puts a sunny face on a grueling job.

So Much To Talk About

The sisters saw it first – the love between Wendy Strong and Sam Lupas was meant to be. The obstacles vanished with a kiss.

The Sumptuousness of Primary

Season’s Bounty

The Plateau’s two green markets are a celebration of the landscape’s bounty and a tribute to the men and women who make it all possible.

Weekend Concerts

Lace up your dancing shoes – Highlands’ free weekend concerts return next month – Friday nights at Town Square and Saturday evenings at

The Bear & the Bands

The talent’s already lining up for the third incarnation of the Bear Shadow Music Festival, set for April 28-30. For ticketing and more information


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Painting with Yarn

Keith Parmer was born and raised in LaGrange, Georgia, and his father was one of the brothers of Parmer Brothers’ Grocery, a well-known family owned and operated grocery store, in business for over 65 years.   Keith began helping out at the family business when he was eight years old and worked every other day until he graduated from high …

For the Love of the Lathe

Mother Nature is Fred Bulgin’s partner in art.  She buries a tree’s beauty in its ripples, knots, and burls. Fred mines those hidden treasures, unearthing their splendor with every turn of his lathe. Together, Nature and Fred produce award-winning vessels, exquisite enough to make him a Heritage Member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. That’s a recognition few fine craftspersons …

Living Out Loud

If you asked Norma Jean Zahner what she came into this world to do, she might borrow the words of Emile Zola and say, “I, an artist … came to live out loud.” Norma Jean’s volume is a lovely kind of loud. She lives on a sweet patch of heaven. Her family is close-by. She is immersed in a thousand …

Pawsitively Purrfect Party

For nearly two decades, Pawsitively Purrfect Party at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley has always been a magical evening and the single-largest fundraiser of the year for the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society shelter pets. In fact, at last year’s event at the newly rebuilt and more-beautiful-than-ever CCSV clubhouse, a record number of donations were made that allowed us to open …

Music in the Parks

Summit Charter School, a tuition-free K-10 public charter school on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, traveled to Charlotte on May 18 to compete against 15 schools in the nationwide “Music in the Parks” competition.   Summit’s Middle School Chorus received a Superior rating, took First Place in Middle School Choral, and earned Highest Choral Group Overall. Music in the Parks is a …

Twilight 5k

It’s not too late to participate in this year’s Twilight 5K, presented by the Rotary Club of Highlands, August 17.  There are lots of things that make this race special: live music, brand new awards, the chance for a free registration for next year’s race, and the icing on the cake is that it all takes place at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders …

Scaly Mountain’s Summer Fest

Join the fun and experience small town living at its very best at Summer Fest.  This annual event is sponsored by the Scaly Mountain Community and everyone is invited. This year’s event will be held Saturday, July 27, at the Scaly Mountain Fire Station, just off Highlands Road at 169 Hale Ridge Road.  Festivities begin at 9:00 A.M. and go …

Fall Cashiers Antique Show

Different styles, colors, textures, and patterns that are found in antiques, make a very interesting and fashionable addition to any decor for a fresh look. You’ll find exactly that when you attend this year’s Fall Cashiers Antique Show, presented by Southern Eagle Promotions, owned and operated by Michael, Nancy and Henry Weaver.    The 2019 Fall Cashiers Antique Show will be …

Tour De Cashiers

The 27th annual Tour de Cashiers Mountain Cycling Event rolls through these mountains on Saturday, September 7, beginning at 8:00 A.M. from The Cashiers/Glenville Recreation Center on Frank Allen Road.   Riders from across the South and beyond make the pilgrimage to Cashiers for this annual event, which has earned a reputation as one of the premier events in the …

The Power of Community

Time again for the Scaly Mountain Women’s Club Annual Fundraising Event. This year we will be hosting our second annual Charity Golf Invitational along with our Summer Soiree. The Charity Golf Invitational and Summer Soiree are being held at the beautiful Sky Valley Country Club.  Save the Date: Saturday, August 3. The Golf Invitational registration will begin at 8:00 A.M. …

Fresh Taste of Summer

No need to wait any longer for the fresh tastes of summer, simply spend Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. at the Locally Grown on the Green farmers market at the Village Green Commons on Frank Allen Road in Cashiers.   Here you can find fresh vegetables and so much more at this unique “producer only” market where …

Auction and Bazaar

As they always say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. On Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13, you’ll find treasures of every kind at the Church of the Good Shepherd’s Auction and Bazaar. For over 30 years, the church has hosted this thrift shopper’s paradise to benefit more than 30 non-profits in the greater Cashiers area.  The event …