This week in local history:
70 years ago - May 6, 1948
• An ad in The Herald placed blame on a threatened rail strike on the leaders of three railroad unions.
• There were 44 persons killed on state highways in March, bringing the tally for the year to 148, a 32 percent decrease in deaths over the same period in 1947.
60 years ago - May, 8, 1958
• The N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles reported 282 highway deaths through May 10 vs. 337 over the same period in 1957. None of the 1958 deaths occurred in Jackson County.
• A 1952 Willys 2-door sedan was offered for $345 at Reese-Hampton Motor Co.
50 years ago - May 9, 1968
• Dedications for the Anthony Keith Hinds University Center and Carl Dan Killian Education Building were scheduled at Western Carolina University.
• Jackson County’s first highway fatality of 1968 was recorded when a Franklin man died in an accident on U.S. 19/23 east of Sylva.
40 years ago - May 11, 1978
• A five-year, $29 million building plan was approved by the Western Carolina University Board of Trustees.
• The Sylva-Webster Golden Eagle Marching Band won the grand championship trophy at the 1978 Cavalcade of Bands contest in Louisville, Kentucky.
30 years ago - May 12, 1988
• Two lawsuits fighting the consolidation of Sylva-Webster and Cullowhee High Schools were dropped after months of contention.
• Wilma Dykeman, longtime advocate for the French Broad River, delivered the commencement address at Western Carolina University.
20 years ago - May 7, 1998
• Western Carolina University’s Catamounts, boasting a 42-15 season record, fell in the Southern Conference Baseball Tournament and were waiting to see if they would receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
• Babe Howell, former football coach at Sylva-Webster and Smoky Mountain high schools, was inducted into the Western North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Kansas basketball coach Roy Williams was the featured speaker.
10 years ago - May 8, 2008
• Nearly 30 people approached Sylva leadership to discuss the need for a skateboarding area in town.
• Incumbent Jackson County commissioners Joe Cowan and Mark Jones held off primary challengers, and Hillary Clinton bested Barack Obama in the Democratic presidential primary.