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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…

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Wednesday, August 07, 2019
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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
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…

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
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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

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…

Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Wednesday, May 01, 2019

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
Wednesday, April 03, 2019

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.