70 years ago - Dec. 28, 1950

• Most Sylva residents were without water from Christmas Day until late Dec. 26 following a break in the town’s main water line.

• Sylva and county residents were well-behaved over the Christmas holidays, with the Herald reporting no arrests except for a few who indulged in too much “fire water.”

• The Army announced plans to call to active duty 7,500 junior officers from the National Guard and organized reserve units.


60 years ago - Dec. 29, 1960


• Boyd Sossamon announced he was purchasing the Ritz Theatre in Sylva.

• N.C. Labor Commissioner Frank Crane reported workers received $45,000 in back pay under the state’s new Minimum Wage Law.

• Kirk-Davis Chevrolet offered a 1952 Chevy half-ton pickup for $395.


50 years ago - Dec.30, 1970


• Sylva-Webster star quarterback Jerry Cagle signed a football scholarship with the University of Kentucky.

• The Dean’s List for fall at Western Carolina University included 86 students from Jackson County.

• Carolina Tire offered four nylon 4-ply tires for $88.


40 years ago - Dec. 25, 1980


• Sylva-Webster’s men’s basketball team went on a scoring rampage, winning three games by outscoring opponents 282 to 140.

• Western Carolina’s men’s basketball squad fell to 5-2 with an overtime loss to Furman.

• Potts Supermarket offered Pisgah Farms liver mush on sale, buy one get one free.


30 years ago - Dec. 27, 1990


• Seven rescue workers from Jackson County were among 160 rescuers called out to find seven hikers missing in the Graveyard Fields area.

• Western Carolina’s men’s basketball team lost its first game at home to Coastal Carolina, 80-74, to fall to 5-2 on the year.

• Jeff Madden’s three-pointer at the buzzer lifted Blue Ridge over Swain, 66-65.


20 years ago - Dec. 28, 2000


• Western Carolina’s men’s basketball squad slipped to 2-9 with a loss at Marquette.

• The Quin Theatres were closed for two nights following a fire and smoke damage. The fire started in a popcorn maker, and only employees were in the facility when the blaze occurred.

• 390 students received degrees at Western Carolina University’s fall commencement exercises.


10 years ago - Dec. 30, 2010


• A wet snow started to fall around 6 a.m. Christmas morning and piled on 7 to 8 inches across much of the area, with Balsam receiving 13 inches and Soco 15.

• The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy purchased a 60-acre tract on Blackrock Ridge near the Blue Ridge Parkway and planned to permanently manage it as a nature preserve in order to protect it from the risk of development.

• Smoky Mountain erupted for 37 points in the first quarter en route to a 99-62 rout at Madison in a non-conference men’s basketball game. The Mustangs (8-0) completed the pre-Christmas portion of their schedule undefeated.