70 years ago - Oct. 11, 1951

• Sheriff Griffin Middleton reported the capture of three youthful gangsters in Rome, Georgia, who were suspected in a series of crimes across five states, including breaking into a locked car in Dillsboro. The group had planned to rob the Jarrett House but were scared away by the sizable crowd there.

• An 18-room home owned by Mr. and Mrs. John Coward in the Canada community was destroyed by fire.

• The Sylva Hurricane roared over Clyde High School in a mountain rivalry football game.


60 years ago - Oct. 12, 1961

• Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the Hist-O-Rama building at Cherokee Wonderland.

• Western Carolina College enrollment topped 1,800, up from a little over 500 only a decade earlier.

• Andrews dropped Sylva-Webster 7-0 in a Smoky Mountain Conference gridiron showdown.


50 years ago - Oct. 14, 1971

• Dedication ceremonies for the new three-story wing of C.J. Harris Community Hospital were scheduled.

• A network linking law enforcement in the seven westernmost counties of North Carolina was awaiting approval from the Federal Communications Commission.

• Sylva-Webster’s Golden Eagles crushed conference foe Andrews 42-0 in a game held here. 


40 years ago - Oct. 8, 1981

• Western Carolina University Chancellor H.F. Robinson detailed his dream of a 200-piece marching band on campus in Cullowhee.

• Sylva-Webster raced past Murphy 35-7 in Smoky Mountain Conference 2-A football play.

• A Cullowhee house owned by Jim Searcy and rented to WCU students was destroyed in a blaze. There were no injuries but a car was also consumed.


30 years ago - Oct. 10, 1991

• Thirty leaders from Yunnan Province, China, visited Webster Enterprises to study regional approaches to recycling.

• N.C. Attorney General Lacy Thornburg was expected to officially announce his candidacy for N.C. Governor.

• “Ernest: Scared Stupid’’ was playing at the Quin Theatres.


20 years ago - Oct. 11, 2001

• Jackson commissioners voted 3-2 to ban sightseeing helicopter tours, but since the vote was not unanimous the legislation stood unapproved.

• Justin Roper set a Smoky Mountain record with five touchdown passes, and Jake Day set records in three categories with nine receptions, 180 yards and three TDs as the Mustangs beat Tuscola 35-28.

• Top-ranked and undefeated Georgia Southern dispatched Western Carolina’s football squad 50-14 in Statesboro, Georgia


10 years ago - Oct. 13, 2011

 • Sylva board members approved an amendment to the town’s zoning ordinance to allow government facilities, specifically the new police department in the former library, in the B-1 district.

• Thomas Wilson’s 1-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Mellette with 2:13 left in the game gave Elon a 38-31 Southern Conference football victory over Western Carolina before 5,239 fans at E.J. Whitmire Stadium/Bob Waters Field.

• Seth Owen passed for two touchdowns and Logan Jones had a pair of scores on the ground to lead East Henderson to a 37-7 Western North Carolina Athletic Conference football victory over Smoky Mountain.