70 years ago - Jan. 5, 1950


• “I Wake Up Screaming,” starring Betty Grable and Victor Mature, was playing at the Sylva Drive-In.

• Three local residents – Dan B. Hooper, Cary Reed Snyder and Dr. T.D. Slagle – took turns flying a plane from the Sylva airport to see North Carolina, featuring Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice, play Rice in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. UNC lost, 27-13.

• The N.C. Highway Patrol inspected 100,133 vehicles statewide as part of an effort to remove faulty vehicles from the highways. A total of 6,337 citations were handed out and 7,127 arrests were made, including 545 for drunken driving.


60 years ago - Jan. 7, 1960


• Superintendent of Schools Vernon Cope announced that cars would be purchased and drivers education offered in every school starting in fall.

• From a list of 29 suggestions, Sylva-Webster was chosen for the name of the consolidated Sylva-Webster high school.

• The Herald announced the 1960 Census would attempt to count all 180 million Americans.


50 years ago - Jan. 1, 1970


• Christmas Day saw the first major snowstorm of the season in Jackson, with 8.5 inches falling across most of the county and a foot or more at higher elevations.

• Don Dalton of Western Carolina University was named the football passing leader for NAIA with 2,626 yards for the 1969 season.

• Jackson Savings and Loan offered a return of 4.75 percent, compounded quarterly, on passbook savings plans.


40 years ago - Jan. 3, 1980


• Sylva-Webster’s Golden Eagles men’s basketball team downed Edneyville and West Henderson to claim the Big Apple Tourney crown.

• Schrader small wood stoves were on sale for $298 at Midsouth Energy Resources in Sylva.

• Liston Ramsey announced his bid for a 10th term in the N.C. House.


30 years ago - Jan. 4, 1990


• The Jackson County Historical Preservation Society formed, with one goal being the preservation of the old Sylva school, which was slated for demolition.

• Roberson defeated Smoky Mountain 72-67 for the championship of the Mustang Christmas Classic. It was the first loss for SM, moving their record to 6-1.

• Cindi Simmons picked up her 100th career win as the Lady Mustangs took third place in the Mustang Christmas Classic at the SM gym.


20 years ago - Jan. 6, 2000


• Discussions of possible renovations to the Sylva pool were the topic of Sylva’s town board meeting.

• Five fire departments responded to a blaze that destroyed a three-story home on Deep Gap Road in Dillsboro.

• The Great Smoky Mountains National Park reported record visitation in November, with 741,325 visitors.


10 years ago - Jan. 7, 2010


• Construction on the four-story Clarion Inn across from Walmart had ceased for almost a year, but a bank closure looked like it could prolong the situation even further. The Alpharetta Community Bank of Georgia, which loaned father-son team Thomas and John Dowden $5.1 million for the construction of the hotel, closed its doors for good Dec. 4.

• The first glass of spirits was poured on the casino floor by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel bartenders at 5 p.m. on Dec. 29, just two days before the casino’s first New Year’s celebration with alcohol on the property. In addition to mixed alcoholic beverages, splits of champagne were sold on the casino floor on New Year’s Eve.

• Progress continued on the steel framework for the Sylva Fire Department’s two-story addition, which would add four new bays to give the volunteer fire department a total of 10. Construction on the $2.1 million project was expected to be completed in May or June, Assistant Chief Mike Bryson said.