70 years ago - Nov. 16, 1950


• In what was termed one of the biggest upsets in Western North Carolina football history, Sylva downed Swain 6-0.

• The Buff Creek Buffaloes defeated the Ochre Hill Ostriches 18-0 in local football action.

• Western Carolina’s Catamounts were stung by the Emory & Henry Wasps, 41-0.


60 years ago - Nov. 10, 1960


• Vice President Richard Nixon carried Jackson County by a margin of 135 votes over President-elect John Kennedy.

• Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry Sanford won easily in the county, defeating GOP hopeful Robert Gavin by a count of 4,275 to 3,562.

• Sirloin steaks were on sale at A&P for 87 cents a pound.


50 years ago - Nov. 12, 1970


• Funeral services were held for Spec. 5 Bobby James Parris, who was killed in action in Vietnam.

• Sylva-Webster closed the football season with a 7-3 record following a 70-13 win over East Henderson.

• Solid-state Magnavox Stereo FM/AM Radio-Phonographs were on sale at Sossamon Furniture for $219.50.


40 years ago - Nov. 13, 1980


• The Sylva Volunteer Fire Department and Sylva Police Department moved into new headquarters.

• The Jackson County Public Library held an open house to mark its 10th anniversary.

• Sylva-Webster defeated Swain 28-7 to claim the Smoky Mountain Conference football title.


30 years ago - Nov. 8, 1990


• Democrats held on to majorities but Republicans won races for county commission and board of education for the first time since the early 1970s.

• Portions of the Jackson County Noise Ordinance were ruled unconstitutional by District Court Judge Danny Davis.

• Smoky Mountain fell to Pisgah, 49-6, in football action.


20 years ago - Nov. 9, 2000


• Jackson County voters approved a measure to appoint its county manager, joining the practice used by North Carolina’s other 99 counties.

• Trinity defeated Smoky Mountain, 6-1, in the first round of the state 3-A men’s soccer playoffs.

• Smoky Mountain’s football squad wrapped up a 4-7 season with a 46-19 loss to Enka.


10 years ago - Nov. 11, 2010


• After six days of deliberations, a Catawba County jury was unable to agree on a punishment for convicted murder Edwardo Wong so a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole was handed down by Judge Nathaniel Poovey. The same jury had convicted Wong on Oct. 14 of first-degree murder in the June 17, 2008, shooting death of N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Shawn Blanton on Interstate 40 in Haywood County. Blanton, 24, was a 2002 graduate of Smoky Mountain High School,

• Thousands of people filled Front Street in Dillsboro for the annual Western North Carolina Pottery Festival.

• Bob Buckner announced he would retire as leader of Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band. Under his leadership, the WCU band grew in nearly two decades from fewer than 90 members to more than 400 and had been recognized as recipient of the Sudler Trophy, which is considered the “Heisman Trophy” of bands.