The Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library, located at 1001 9th St. in Highland held an eclipse viewing party on Aug. 21. Members of the community came to view the event through the special filtered library telescopes. This is the first time in almost 100 years that a total solar eclipse has traveled coast to coast in the United States, and it might be the last one for another century, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The eclipse "path of totality" passed through parts of southern Illinois, though Highland was not on the bounds.
Freckleface Strawberry was just like every other girl, except she had bright red hair and something worse- freckles! Based on the beloved New York Times best-selling book by celebrated actress Julianne Moore, "Freckleface Strawberry" is a fun and touching
Hailey Knecht of Pocahontas was predicted not to live past 6-years-old when she was diagnosed with Alexander's disease. She celebrated her 16th birthday this year and is helping researches to find a cure for her ultra-rare condition.
Twenty-four new hanging flower baskets can be found in Highland's downtown square. The plants were given to the city as gifts from the Bob and Re Hardy Beautification Fund, which was formed through the Highland Area Community Foundation.
The Illinois Society of the War of 1812 held a ceremony on Oct. 23 at Vincent Cemetery in rural Madison Country, near Alhambra, Illinois, to honor Andrew Keown, a veteran of the Battle of New Orleans. He survived the battle in 1815, came home and lived until age 86.