This week in local history:

70 years ago - July 14, 1949

• Local leaders gathered to discuss the completion of a five-mile link between the North Carolina line at Jackson County into Walhalla, S.C.

• Eight farmers experimenting with the growth of Turkish tobacco in Jackson County reported the crop was coming along well.

• Traffic rules regarding funeral processions were detailed in the Herald, including the fact that the State Highway Patrol often frowned on vehicles stopping for processions, as stopping increased the risk of accidents, especially at curves.

60 years ago - July 9, 1959

• Anne Hooper was named Miss Jackson County of 1959 at the annual July 4 celebration, an event attended by an estimated 3,500 visitors.

• An ad sponsored by the Mead Corporation warned that “Jackson County is a radioactive fallout area,’’ and that residents needed to be prepared for the aftermaths of a nuclear strike, including an influx of 20,000 civilian refugees.

50 years ago - July 10, 1969

• Sylva’s new Roscoe Poteet Swimming Pool was set to open.

• An estimated 5,000 people attended the second annual Big Gospel Sing at the Sylva-Webster football stadium.

40 years ago - July 12, 1979

• The Cashiers branch of Wachovia Bank & Trust was robbed by four armed men. It was the county’s first bank robbery in 30 years.

• Santa arrived by helicopter at the parking lot of Sylva First Presbyterian as part of Sylva’s “Christmas in July’’ event.

• The Grand Council of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians reconvened after a two-week break and continued work on drafting a new constitution.

30 years ago - July 13, 1989

• Luke Buchanan and Josh Reischard combined for a no-hitter in a District Little League 9-year-old 21-1 rout of Bryson City.

• The Town of Webster announced plans to add 29 street lights in town limits.

• “007: License to Kill,” “Lethal Weapon 2’’ and “Batman’’ were airing at the Quin Theatres.

20 years ago - July 8, 1999

• Phillip Goldsmith of Sylva received an Award for Bravery and Heroism from Gov. Jim Hunt. Goldsmith, along with Cullowhee resident Mike Munn, rescued a Tuckasegee couple from their fire-engulfed home Dec. 10.

• All three local All-Star teams advanced in their respective double-elimination tournaments.

10 years ago - July 16, 2009

• State and local officials were on hand as Harrah’s broke ground on its 532-room luxury hotel tower, its third. It was part of a $633 million expansion that included a 3,000-seat event center and an all new state-of-the-art digital poker room.

• Sue Jones of Glenville was elected president of North Carolina’s American Legion Auxiliary. Jones had been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 17 years, enrolling when she lived in Brevard. After moving to Jackson County, her husband, Ed, became commander of the William Dillard Post 104, and she became president of that post’s auxiliary.