70 years ago - Sept. 7, 1950


• New lights were installed at Mark Watson Field ahead of Sylva’s football opener against Hayesville.

• Western Carolina Telephone Company announced its new headquarters could be located in Sylva.

• Rev. L.A. Cabe of Savannah landed a 20-inch, 3-pound rainbow trout at the power plant at Dillsboro using a young bumblebee as bait.


60 years ago - Sept. 1, 1960


• Dedication ceremonies were held for Sylva’s new fire department building.

• New parking meters, charging 5 cents for an hour, were installed in Sylva.

• Students began arriving for their first classes at the newly-consolidated Sylva-Webster High School.


50 years ago - Sept. 3, 1970


• Production was underway in Cashiers at the new Cashiers Plastic Corporation.

• Southwestern Technical Institute offered child care for mothers looking to further their education.

• Sylva-Webster’s Golden Eagles opened the football season with a 22-14 win over Edneyville. 


40 years ago - Sept. 4, 1980


• A sonic boom believed to have been caused by one or more F-4 Phantom jets caused an estimated $5,000 to $10,000 in damage to area businesses and homes, mainly in the form of shattered windows.

• Tuscola downed Sylva-Webster in a defensive struggle, 7-0.

• The Jackson County Bass Club installed an artificial reef in Lake Glenville, the second such structure in the reservoir.


30 years ago - Sept. 6, 1990


• Jackson County’s school enrollment stood at 3,535, up from 3,328 the prior year.

• John Hill rushed for four TDs, a school record, as Smoky Mountain defeated Robbinsville 27-17.

• Smoky Mountain Coach Cindi Simmons notched her 100th career volleyball victory.


20 years ago - Sept. 7, 2000


• Cherokee carver Amanda Crowe received the N.C. Folk Heritage Award for her achievements and contributions to the craft.

• Construction was set to begin on major additions to Blue Ridge School.

• Trent Dillard led a come-from-behind effort as Smoky Mountain defeated Hayesville 27-25.

10 years ago - Sept. 2, 2010


• A section of the Sylva Bypass was named in honor of Marcellus Buchanan, who died in 2000. Buchanan served as solicitor (district attorney) for the 30th District from 1967 until 1987. The Sylva native was a World War II veteran and served three terms in the N.C. Legislature.

• The Watershed Association of the Tuckaseigee River reported that since 2004, the level of fecal coliform bacteria in Scotts Creek had dropped drastically. In 2004, fecal coliform, a kind of bacteria that indicates the presence of human, animal or agricultural waste, was present in Scotts Creek at about six times the safe level.

• People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals renewed its efforts to shut down a Cherokee bear park after a July 21 bear attack on a 9-year-old girl. PETA sent a letter Aug. 24 to Tom Vilsack, secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, asking that he take away the animal exhibiting license of Cherokee’s Chief Saunooke Bear Park in light of the accident.