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.