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You Are Not Alone

Spring is a beautiful time in the mountains. Bright colored finches return to our feeders, the grass grows thanks to sweet smelling rain and all of the native plants bloom in succession giving us weeks of pinks, yellows, whites and purples during nature’s slow-motion spring fireworks extravaganza. Spring however, can be a dark, depressing time for some individuals. Research on …

A Successful Dinner

The success of this year’s Highlands Annual Christmas Dinner cannot be overstated. One could feel the joy in the room for the whole of that beautiful Christmas Day. The organizers of this Highlands tradition want the community to know exactly why they do what they do and give up this special day to the service of others. After all the years …

BBBS News

Highlands: 2015 marks a milestone in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Highlands history. Rick Siegel has decided to step down as Advisory Council Chair after presiding since 2002. Actually, the BBBS program would not be in Highlands if not for Rick’s initiative, which was his Leadership Highlands project. Rick’s dream of developing a Highlands BBBS branch within the BBBS of …


Leading With Reading

The Literacy Council of Highlands first began tutoring in 1992 in the basement of the Methodist Church and shortly thereafter moved to the Peggy Crosby Center. There have been lots of transformations since that time, many of them in the last four-and-a-half years. When Judy and I came on board in August of 2010, we had a common vision for …

Friends, Old and New

“Friends for Life.” Our organization, Friends for Life, was named after this common expression because we believe that our pets should be sacred members of the family, and live out their lives with their humans. Sadly, this is not always the case. Sometimes unpreventable circumstances may require that a pet be placed with another individual, or in a sanctuary such …

CDF Horses on the World Stage!

The horses of Carpe Diem Farms are making an impact on horses around the globe. If you’ve followed our story throughout the years you’ve heard all about the development of Easy’s Slipper, our patented therapeutic horseshoe that all came about because of our herd, 12 years of research and development, launched last January at the International Hoof Care Summit. On the …


Pine Street and The Land Trust

Conserving valuable land resources for all generations is the mission of Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. Providing greenspace is part of that mission and some of the 2,600 acres that HCLT protects are open to the public. We are proud to contribute to the success of another very special public greenspace — Kelsey-Hutchinson Park in Highlands. HCLT has a strong history with …

To the Rescue…Again

For the second time in three months, the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society (CHHS) worked with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to save the lives of dogs living in deplorable and inhumane conditions. In the pre-dawn hours of January 30, the CHHS Animal Rescue Team was deployed to Shelbyville, Tennessee, to rescue 15 dogs from a horrific cruelty case. The dogs …

The King’s Inn

Perched atop the crest of Fourth Street Hill, King’s Inn commanded a regal view of Main Street and the surrounding forest. Gentle breezes stirred the tall trees chasing away summer’s heat. Many of the Inn’s guests returned annually, spending summers rocking lazily on the wrap-around porches. Originally built as a private home by Monroe Skinner in 1878, it soon housed …


“Madge” Dillard Merrel

Until a few weeks before her death on her 99th birthday, Madge Merrell’s mind was sharp and her memory unbelievable. She could repeat word for word conversations from 70 years in the past. At the Dillard Farmhouse, she was born in 1907, a child of Thomas Allison Dillard and Susan Fugate, both life-long residents of Cashiers. Some of the apple …

Kannie Frances Heaton Knox

Kannie Frances Heaton, named after a Zachary relative, was born September 8, 1879, in Cashiers Valley, the sixth child of Hannibal Heaton and Louisa Emmelie Zachary.   When Kannie was age 18, her mother committed suicide by hanging herself inside a barn.  Shortly after the death of her mother, Kannie’s father and some of her siblings moved to the Ellijay section …

Milling Around Highlands

In the mid ‘70s James Shepherd moved from Colombia, South America, to accept a position as principal at Highlands School.  His response to how he liked Highlands still stands out in my mind: “It’s great, but I’ve never seen so many trees!”  Trees have long been one of our greatest resources, providing us with a source of pride and revenue. From …