70 years ago - June 29,1950

• Willis Smith defeated U.S. Sen. Frank Graham in a second Democratic primary by 20,000 votes. Graham took Jackson County by 107 votes.

• The Sylva Plowboys, playing their first WNC Industrial League night game, dropped a 14-0 decision to the Berkeley Spinners. Berkeley took control of first place in the league while Sylva dropped to fifth.

• Rex Benton, Ben Dillard, Lard Cunningham and Veo Rhodes were Sylva’s representatives in the WNC Industrial League All-Star game played at McCormick Field in Asheville.

60 years ago - June 23, 1960

• A second primary was scheduled to decide the Democratic Party’s nominee for governor in a race between Terry Sanford and Beverly Lake.

• A tract of land was leased to the town of Sylva by the Mead Corporation for $1 to serve as a recreation park “for the Negro families of the area.”

• “Unto These Hills” was set to open for its 11th season.

50 years ago - June 25,1970

• The third annual All-Night Gospel Singing was set for the Sylva-Webster High School stadium, with a large turnout anticipated.

• A 41-acre tract of land was secured by the Town of Sylva for a new sanitary landfill.

• A powerful thunderstorm downed trees and caused widespread power outages across the county.

40 years ago - June 26, 1980

• Jackson County adopted a budget of $10.1 million.

• The county school board voiced unanimous disappointment with the county budget, saying promised education funding increases were not delivered.

• Some 600 people attended graduation ceremonies at Southwestern Technical College.

30 years ago - June 28,1990

• Western Carolina University Theatre professor Stephen Ayers landed a part in the NASCAR-themed movie “Days of Thunder,” starring Tom Cruise.

• Franz Whitmire was named principal of Smoky Mountain High School.

• The Herald carried an article featuring complaints from locals – mainly WCU students – who were unable to pick up “The Simpsons” over the airwaves.

20 years ago - June 29, 2000

• Jackson County school leaders approved plans for the addition of vocational classrooms at Smoky Mountain High School.

• Jim Yoder was named women’s basketball coach at Blue Ridge School.

• Vic Chandler won the Late Model Division race at Smoky Mountain Raceway.

10 years ago - June 24, 2010

• Following four months of budget-related work sessions and difficult economic times, commissioners unanimously passed a $59.5 million budget during their June 21 meeting.

• County officials put a multi-year year legal battle behind them when they voted to settle all pending lawsuits with Duke Energy. 

• As of June 1, the county had spent a total of $550,269.97 in legal fees in its fight against Duke Energy over the removal of the Dillsboro Dam.

• The Jackson County swim team won its first meet of the season against Murphy by a score of 586 to 359. Jackson County placed first in 13 of 16 relay events.