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Chamber Community Awards

The 2018 winners of the Annual Spirit of Our Community Awards were announced at the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting and Celebration on Thursday, November 15. The 2018 Evergreen Award, presented to an individual, business or other organization whose work reflects respect of natural resources and the value of sustainability, was presented to Southern Highlands Reserve for their …

Prestigious 2018 Dupree Award

Bob Dupree must have been a pretty remarkable man. Although he divided his time between Tamassee, South Carolina, and Highlands prior to retirement here, he was always actively involved in the community during his months in Highlands. In addition to being the Presbyterian minister in Highlands twice (!) where he and his wife Mary organized a choir and a basketball …

Giving Others A Great Start

This is a new year and the Scaly Mountain Women’s Club is ready to fill its mission to provide fellowship and funding charitable, educational, or scientific purposes within the community.  The club has 15 students on scholarships and are looking forward to three students graduating this spring.  The club also contributes to the Scaly Historical Society, the Scaly Mountain Fire …


Bigs’ and Littles’ Winter Traditions

One of the most exciting things about the winter holidays is the traditions and memories that are revisited from years past.  Last year, we repeated two of our holiday traditions in Big Brothers Big Sisters.  Both Highlands and Cashiers Bigs and Littles spent a Saturday afternoon at Larry Haskett’s home and Christmas tree farm in Tuckasegee, creating wreaths out of …

Lessons from Horses

Having  danced with horses since I was three years old, they’re my soul’s connection to life as I know it.  There have been 23 in my lifetime, nine presently. When one is sick, as with any family member, you hope to give them the finest care available. Battersea Tracy, our 15-year-old Morgan who came to CDF as an 18-month-old orphan …

Outside Enjoyment

Sometimes it can be hard to get out of the house in the winter. But don’t let the cold give you the winter blues. There’s still much to enjoy outside during the winter months.  Get bundled up and take a walk around Dixon Pond. In late January/early February, you might even see a spotted salamander! These large salamanders with bright …


Lending a hand to Literacy

Do you know how to read Tarot cards? Or how to read the handwriting on the wall? Or how to read Shakespeare?  How to read lips?  Or how to read someone the riot act? Or how early a child’s brain begins to develop and be ready to learn? Because December was Literacy Month and  “there’s more to literacy than reading,”  …

Shining City on the Hill

When I was a kid, I would ride my bicycle home from school and I guess I was a magnet for every neighborhood stray dog or cat who needed a nutritious meal and a warm, safe place to lay down their head.  Even at an early age, I knew those down-on-their-luck animals just wanted someone to love and care for …

Squirrel Jerky

And now, from my Wheelie Bin’s Pointless-Yet-Entertaining Hazarai Department . . . “Strange Things Dogs Expel.” Dog Number One: My English Bulldog, Bentley, so named because he was built like a 5,000-pound chunk of cantankerous machinery, had class in a proper, Winston Churchill, bully kind of way.   Anything from floor to nose-height was fair game for Mr. Underwear Fetish.  …


The Green Heart of Cashiers

Looking to host a corporate picnic, family reunion, birthday party, wedding, or other special occasion event in 2019?   Look no further than The Village Green, a lovely 12.5-acre park in the heart of Cashiers.  The outdoor rustic feeling and the peaceful natural surroundings make it a picture-perfect spot for celebrations of all sizes. The Village Green has three open-air …

Where All Light Tends to Go

The Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, and the surrounding Southern Appalachian region, is home to many incredible artists.  There are art galleries in almost every town in Jackson and Macon counties featuring the paintings, drawings, and photographs of the phenomenal artists that live here.   Within that venerated crowd of artists are the writers.  While it is not a visual art form, the …

Rolf Method Revealed

Are you a person who likes science and mystery?  As Rolfers, we have the privilege of seeing how the science of balancing a body in the gravity field improves lives.  Alignment of the human body is where science and mystery for us meet daily. Sitting, Standing, Walking, Lying Down – How a person moves through this cycle gives us clues …