Timekeeping has always been a challenge to mankind, particularly when it comes to calendars. The first calendars – and current calendars – are built around 24-hour days, but as the Earth wobbles around its yearly orbit it doesn’t add up to an exact number of days. This results in what’s call…
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
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Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Early European settlement in the southern end of Jackson County charted a different course than that of its northern region.
70 years ago - July 29, 1949
St. David’s Episcopal Church in Cullowhee will host a book launch party to celebrate the long-anticipated publication of its church history at 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the Gathering Place, the church’s parish hall.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
By Jim Buchanan
70 years ago - July 21, 1949
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Automobiles became more and more common in North Carolina as the 1920s progressed. The combination of the new technology (half a million were registered as of 1929) and the often-inadequate roads of the era added up to a significant safety hazard: 690 North Carolinians died on state roads in 1929.
Wednesday, July 03, 2019
Editor’s note: This week’s history article and photos was provided by Gary Frye of Sylva, who provides details and stories about trucking for the W.C. Hennessee Lumber Company. In its heyday the locally-owned firm was a major employer and economic force in the county, being the largest singl…
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Back in June of 1942, Jackson County had a problem with gas.
(Editor’s Note: Unless otherwise indicated, the information in this report is drawn from a Sept. 10, 2009, Sylva Herald story written on the occasion of Judge Thornburg’s retirement.)
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
The Western North Carolina Historical Association is now accepting nominations for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. The Award is a partnership between WNCHA and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Advisory Committee and has been presented by WNCHA since 1955. The award comes with a $2,500 cas…
“Unearthing Our Forgotten Past: Fort San Juan” is now on display at the Mountain Heritage Center gallery in Hunter Library at Western Carolina University.
It was a lousy draw.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Ninety years ago today, the Jackson County Journal was in a celebratory mood as it announced the opening of the Sylva Country Club.
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Seventy-five years ago, Jackson County was holding its breath, as was the entire nation.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Seventy years ago, the public was buzzing over Gov. Kerr Scott’s “Go Forward” campaign, and in particular over two referendums on the June ballot, one to increase funding for public schools, the other to increase funding for roads.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Memorial Day 2019 comes 100 years after the return of American soldiers from the battlefields of World War I, providing a fitting moment to focus on one Jackson County boy who did not return, William Elsie Dillard.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Part one of two
Reader Jan Woodard Boyer of Sylva brought an interesting piece of historical trivia to the Herald office recently. Shown is a newspaper photo of her brother, Lee Roy Woodard, known as “Poker,” as an infant, pictured with his mother, Murriel. The photo is believed to have come from a newspape…
Kelli Brown will officially take the helm of Western Carolina University as its 12th chancellor on July 1.
Wednesday, May 08, 2019
There simply isn’t a lot of crime in Sylva’s past.
Wednesday, May 01, 2019
Known as the fiddling ballad woman of the mountains, Samantha Biddix Bumgarner was born on Halloween in 1878 and died on Christmas Eve in 1960.
Fifty years ago, Harvey Powell blew up a dam.
The Jackson County Genealogical Society will learn about the cemeteries on the north shore of Fontana Lake that are now located inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park during its next program, set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in the Jackson County Library’s Community Room.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
The story of E.L. McKee’s contribution to Jackson County is inextricably linked to that of two other notables written about in recent weeks: his wife, Gertrude Dills McKee, North Carolina’s first woman state senator; and his frequent business associate, C.J. Harris.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
North Carolina’s 9th congressional district cozies up to a long stretch of the South Carolina border, running from the Charlotte area to near Fayetteville.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
On this day in 1945, the Sylva Herald’s April 11 edition hit the streets.
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
By Lynn Hotaling
In April of 1944 The Herald gave a report from Sylva’s Jack C. Allison, who served on the submarine USS Halibut, regarding his adventures. As news from combat zones was heavily censored, Allison wasn’t able to provide many details, but due to actions that had been previously reported was abl…
The Jackson County Genealogical Society will hear from a group of Western Carolina University history students during its next program, set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in the Jackson County Library’s Community Room.