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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Plateau Fly Fishing Club Meeting Announcement

The Plateau Fly Fishing Club will meet on Tuesday, July 2nd at 7:00, PM in the Cashiers’ Library large meeting room. Michael Cheek, Asst. Regional Forester for Western NC has been the lead forester on the creation of the new Headwaters State Forest located in Rosman, NC. Michael will present a program entitles Headwaters State Forest – New Recreational and …

Look Good, Feel Good

When you look good, you feel good.  Of course, true happiness comes from within, but there’s no denying the value of a confidence boost from a manicure or pedicure. Besides the increase in self-esteem, there are physical benefits from getting your hands and feet pampered. It’s a great way to destress and get a mini massage. The massage also helps …

Magnolia Concierge Services

When you examine the list of services provided by Magnolia Concierge Services, well, it’s pretty daunting.  They range from the large-scale – home renovation coordination, property maintenance and landscaping supervision, home organization projects, and winterization chores; to the everyday – mail management, pick up and delivery for car repairs, and settling-in services for clients and their houseguests; all the way …

#Trashtag Movement

Coinciding with Earth Day, the Cashiers Area Chamber teamed up with the Highlands Chamber of Commerce and community volunteer David Young on an annual “deep clean” of the shoulders along US Highway 64 West.  Young and his hardworking crew provided the muscle to pick up trash above and below the guardrails on the scenic byway and the chambers underwrote the …

Chamber Grants for the Arts

Highlands is known for its visual beauty. Mother Nature is an outdoor art show open 24/7/365. Every moment boasts a new exhibition. Complementing the natural beauty of the Plateau is the work of fine local artists and craftspersons. The region has always been a haven for painting, pottery, jewelry, fiber-art, weaving, sculpture, folk art, and much more.   But like …

You Will Make the Difference

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a nonprofit United Way agency that specializes in supporting children who face adversity in local communities by matching each child with an individual mentor.  Through events such as the upcoming Fifth Annual Croquet Tournament at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley, the Cashiers chapter is able to provide children with one-on-one mentorships and opportunities they …

Investing in our Children

Highlands School stretches from  Kindergarten through Grade 12. Providing quality education to such a diverse student body, especially in this age of stretched-to-the-breaking-point budgets, is especially tricky in a mounta,in community with a year-round population of just under a thousand. Added to the challenge is the fact that 41 percent of Highlands School students live at or below the poverty …

Of All Nations and Religions

“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the opulent and respected stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions: whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges…” – George Washington Here in the words of our Founding Father lies some of the bricks that form the foundation for America. …

Bartram’s Travels

William Bartram, a botanist and naturalist, traveled the southern colonies that would become North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana between 1773 and 1777.  He wrote a series of books called “Bartram’s Travels,” published in 1791, that became one of the first of a modern genre of books that portrayed nature through personal experience as well as …

Protecting Against Rabies

To protect human health and prevent and control rabies, North Carolina law requires rabies vaccination of owned domestic dogs, cats and ferrets by four months of age. The rabies vaccine must be administered only by a veterinarian, registered veterinary technician under the direct supervision of a veterinarian, or a certified rabies vaccinator. There are approximately 350 approved certified rabies vaccinators …

The Horses of Carpe Diem

The pervasive theme of all the articles I have written throughout the years has been of  blessings and gratitude. What has been received and what has been given is immeasurable.  Carpe Diem Farms has had an incredible history in Highlands. What began as one person’s idea in 1992 and opened as a place in 1997 has impacted literally thousands.  Men, …

Twice New, Twice Treasured

Have you ever noticed that cute little building on the side of the road in Glenville with the beautiful mural of Lake Glenville on its store front?  It beckons you to explore it more thoroughly, and check it out you should, for this little gem is the Glenville Thrift Shop, a treasure trove of pre-loved items of every sort, size …