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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After Santa, Sing!

There will be a Christmas Carol Sing at First Presbyterian Church at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, December 5, after the parade.  Stell Huie will be the song leader with Angie Jenkins at the piano.  If you enjoy singing familiar Christmas carols, you will definitely want to make this a part of your Christmas tradition.  The church is located at the corner …

Make a Santa Memory

Take a minute to envision your favorite family Christmas photograph.  Does your mind race to family fun with everyone gathered around Santa dressed in your tackiest Christmas sweaters and wearing smiles a mile wide?   How about your children in their Christmas finery, eyes gleaming with anticipation of the wonders of the season, whispering their wishes into Santa’s ear?  Maybe …

Christmas Classics

There’s no better way to get into the true spirit of Christmas than attending the Highlands Community Christian Chorale’s annual concert on both Saturday, December 12, and Sunday, December 13, at Community Bible Church. This year’s performance is entitled, “O Come, Emmanuel,” and it tells the story of the Advent of Jesus Christ through music.  There’ll be a reception following …

Noshing with St. Nick

The excitement is mounting for children as they prepare to talk with Santa at Highlands United Methodist Church’s Breakfast with Santa.  Make sure your children or grandchildren get their chance to tell Santa what they want under the tree.  Bring them to breakfast at the Highlands United Methodist Church on Saturday, December 12, from 8:30 to 10:30 A.M.  Everyone will …

What’s Your Favorite?

Last month we asked where you like to catch the sunrise? Your choices were Sunrise Rock, Rhodes Big View and Meditation Rock. You voted and your number one selection was the breathtaking Rhodes Big View. If you’re like many people, you tend to spend more time indoors when winter comes. But the colder months offer up some wonderful outdoor activities …

A Hen House Goodbye

Debra and Lloyd Wagner became Highlanders 15 years ago when they made the decision to move here from Alabama after visiting for 15 years. Each year the call became stronger and then fate and a stroke of genius stepped in.  Like many folks they had learned during their visits to love the three pepper jam stirred up by Elizabeth Edwards …

It Was a Calling

If you’ve ever had the good fortune to meet Highlands native Tina Rogers, you’ll understand the term “whirlwind.”   Tina normally has at least six things going on at once.  She is the owner of Temp Staffers, runs a housekeeping business, a bookkeeping business, teaches aerobics to adults and exercises to preschoolers, and also helps cater parties.  Yet she manages …

A Perfect Family Estate

Don’t miss the opportunity to own this piece of Highlands history.  Built in the early 1920’s by renowned craftsman/builder J. Walter Reese for William O. and Mollie Gardner Jones, this home is located on Lot 1 in the subdivision created by Margaretta Ravenel.   On the western slope of Satulah Mountain this one-and-a-half story wooden shingle dwelling includes a wide …

Long Before We

The Woodland people, a highly organized farming culture, appeared in the South around 1,000 BCE (before the Common Era), about the time of the mound building cultures.  The Woodland people were unlike the nomadic tribes that followed herds and used spears and atlatls (a mechanical device that threw the spears) to secure game. To fortify their diets, Woodland people hunted …

Rainbow Falls

With a plethora of trails, campsites, fishing spots, and picnic areas, the Gorges State Park serves as an excellent resource for anyone in the area that desires a woodland sabbatical. In addition to these great opportunities, it also provides access to one of the most impressive waterfalls in the in all of Western North Carolina.  As the Horsepasture River pours …

Mountain Fresh Pizza

I was nonplussed when I got the assignment to review Mountain Fresh Grocery’s pizza. Don’t get me wrong – I adore Mountain Fresh Grocery.  The owners have transformed what was once a sleepy purveyor of over-priced garlic paste and sad cantaloupes into a bustling emporium of gourmet foodstuffs, exotic olive oils, killer ice cream (try some of their Vietnamese Cinnamon), …

Design, Build, Cherish

When I did my phone interview with master craftsman and home remodeler Stephen Owens, I could hear hammers banging and saws buzzing in the background. I asked if he’d always been surrounded by woodworking.  He laughingly replied, “All my family was born with sawdust in their blood.” Well, blood wasn’t exactly the “B”-word he used, but that down-home sense of …