70 years ago - April 13, 1950
• Sossamon Furniture offered a Speed Queen washer, electric iron, ironing board, Speed Queen rinse tub and a 24-pack of “Rinso” all for $99.95.
• The Western Carolina Teacher College Catamounts dropped an 11-6 decision to North Georgia in the season opener for baseball.
• The Sylva Plowboys were readying for their Western Carolina Industrial League opener against Beacon Mills at Mark Watson Park.
60 years ago - April 14, 1960
• Kodak Brownie color cameras were on sale at Sylva Pharmacy for $9.85.
• Kirk-Davis Chevrolet offered a used 1954 two-door Bel Air for $495.
• Enumerators for the 1960 Census began fanning out across Jackson County.
50 years ago - April 16, 1970
• “Unto These Hills” was gearing up for its 20th season.
• Vance Hardware had lawnmowers on sale for $48.88.
• 122 youngsters were named to the 13 Little League teams in Sylva.
40 years ago - April 17, 1980
• A total of 13,574 persons were registered to vote in Jackson County, a gain of nearly 500 from the previous election.
• Rain continued to plague Western Carolina’s baseball season, with four consecutive games rained out. One of the four was the rescheduling of a game previously rained out.
• A 10” portable color TV was on sale for $299.95 at Carolina Tire in Sylva.
30 years ago - April 12, 1990
• Around 450 walkers took to the streets of Sylva to raise more than $18,000 for the March of Dimes.
• Discussions were under way to expand the county board of commissioners from two to four part-time members.
• Camp Laboratory School Principal Arlin Middleton was named Wachovia Regional Principal of the Year.
20 years ago - April 13, 2000
• The Sylva Town Board voted to close Broad Street at the point where town maintenance ends.
• Sylva officials were offering a reward for the person or persons responsible for vandalism damage at Poteet Park, where the bathrooms were “trashed” and obscene graffiti and drawings were left behind.
• Steve Dillard, Glenville High basketball star, Cullowhee High basketball coach Joe Hicks and four-sport Sylva-Webster star Alton Owen were selected for induction to the Jackson County Athletic Hall of Fame.
10 years ago - April 15, 2010
• An April 7 blaze on Bradley Branch near Wilmot claimed one residence and destroyed two vehicles. Three firefighters were injured; two members of the Qualla Fire Department and one Bryson City firefighter, according to N.C. Forest Service Assistant County Ranger Michael Forbis.
• Fresh off their victory at Disney World in 2009, Smoky Mountain High School’s Show Choir was awarded a trophy for First Place/Best in Class at the Peak Performance National Festival Competition in New York.
• Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel held a topping out ceremony for its 532-room tower, part of a $633 million expansion due to be completed in 2012.