This week in local history:
70 years ago - May 26, 1949
• J.E. Pardue led Western Carolina baseball for the season just ended in both batting and pitching. Pardue had a batting average of .394 and went 4-5 on the mound.
• Bob Terrell related the story of a trip to the Kentucky Derby, where one mountain boy opined that “Every time we ordered mint juleps, some son-of-a-gun stuck weeds in them!”
60 years ago - May 28, 1959
• With Judge J. Frank Huskins ordering the decrepit county jail closed for the purpose of housing prisoners, Jackson’s “homeless” prisoners were sent to Haywood County.
• A story in the Herald lauded the May opening of Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee, saying “a rich heritage of Indian lore is presented at Oconaluftee in scientifically authenticated detail.”
50 years ago - May 29, 1969
• With 626 candidates for degrees, Western Carolina University marked its largest class of graduates in school history.
• Jackson County’s three high schools had 203 seniors were candidates for graduation.
• Seaman Apprentice Cecil N. Mathis, USN, was serving aboard the helicopter assault carrier USS Princeton, the recovery ship for the Apollo 10 moon shot.
40 years ago - May 31, 1979
• Qualla-Log Cabin was chosen as the name of the new school set to serve those communities.
• There were 234 seniors eligible for graduation at Blue Ridge, Cullowhee and Sylva-Webster high schools.
• Cullowhee was eliminated in the first round of the state 1-A baseball playoffs, falling to Tryon 3-1.
30 years ago - May 25, 1989
• Western Carolina University’s baseball squad was set to open NCAA tourney competition against Mississippi State, ranked third in the nation.
• Smoky Mountain’s Faith Streater and Gina Burns signed to play basketball with Anderson (S.C.) Junior College.
• Smoky Mountain clinched the Western Highlands Conference baseball title with a come-from-behind 9-6 win over Madison.
20 years ago - May 27, 1999
• Smoky Mountain senior Freeman Bradley went to school Monday, May 24, marking 2,240 days of perfect attendance.
• After 101 years in business, owner Bob Parker said Sylva Supply would close its doors on June 1.
• Western Carolina fell to top-seeded Citadel in the Southern Conference Baseball Tournament championship game.
10 years ago - May 28, 2009
• County commissioners tentatively approved a $500,000 revolving loan application from Stonewall Packaging LLC, the new joint venture headed by Jackson Paper Co. The money was earmarked to help the company move forward with a planned facility to produce recycled cardboard packaging.
• County officials were looking at putting a river access and walking park in Dillsboro. According to county Manager Ken Westmoreland, use of the county’s existing river access park at East LaPorte was exceeding its capacity.
• Cherokee Tribal Council members approved a lease agreement to bring a Walmart supercenter to Cherokee. The motion was approved by a 9-3 vote