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MGW Wins Awards!

MGW Wins Awards!

Congratulations to Chamber Member MGW for winning the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council’s annual award for Innovation in Community Impact for their MGW & Lingo Networks “Drive-in” Public Wi-Fi Access program!  The Highland County Chamber of Commerce...

Highland County: in the Eyes of our 2022 Maple Queen

Highland County: in the Eyes of our 2022 Maple Queen

Hello, my name is Carly Thomas! I am 17 years old, a senior at Highland High School, and a lover of all things Highland. Devoted readers of this blog just might remember me from some of my previous posts!  On February 26th, I was crowned the 2022 Highland County Maple...

6 Reasons Why Growing Up in Highland Strengthens Youth

6 Reasons Why Growing Up in Highland Strengthens Youth

Imagine growing up in a small county with a population of 2,204 people, whose median age is 59.3. People know your name, your children’s names, your grandparent’s name, even your great-grandparents’ name, and how almost everyone is related. Even though everyone knows...

Monterey Livestock: A Highland Icon Reawakened

Monterey Livestock: A Highland Icon Reawakened

What do you think of when you think of Highland County?  Some of you may say an enthusiastic, “Maple!” And, while sugar-making is important to our little, mountain community, I always think of our wide-open spaces and mild climate - perfect for raising livestock. ...

Don’t Take “See Ya Later” for Granted

Don’t Take “See Ya Later” for Granted

I started writing this post the day after my good friend Chris Royal passed from this life. (I’ve had editors tell me never to start an article or post in this manner, but in my zombie-fied, mind-blown state, I can’t find the emotion or sense to begin any other way.)...

Austin & Dot Shepherd: Highland County’s Sweethearts

Austin & Dot Shepherd: Highland County’s Sweethearts

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I asked my community, through a personal Facebook post, who they believed to be the cutest couple in Highland County. While there were a TON of cute couples named, one consistent answer trended - Austin and Dot Shepherd.  The funny...

It’s Amazing What a Trip to the Dumpster Will Do

It’s Amazing What a Trip to the Dumpster Will Do

Ever have one of those days where you just feel “blah...?” You know the feeling? Not sick. Not tired, necessarily. Just... blah... It's winter... We've all been stuck in our houses because of COVID. Normal interactions, like church, school, clubs, and extra-curricular...