This week in local history:
70 years ago - April 21, 1949
• Funeral services were scheduled for Cpl. Bascomb Simeon Hensley Jr. Hensley had attended Western Carolina Teachers College before entering service. He met his death while taking part in the invasion of the Philippines.
• A bill to appropriate $35,000, sponsored by 14 Western North Carolina House representatives, for the Cherokee Indian Drama received unanimous approval in the N.C. House of Representatives.
• Nantahala Lumber advertised home floor plans with lumber costs as low as $1,448.
60 years ago - April 16, 1959
• All food handlers in the county, with the exception of those in the Qualla area, were required to attend one-hour classes at the Ritz Theatre regarding their trade.
• Moore’s Cleaners on Mill Street offered free month-proofing, along with S&H Green Stamps.
• Construction of a new textile industry building in Cherokee began. The firm was expected to hire 150 workers.
50 years ago - April 17, 1969
• The Sylva-Webster High School Band placed fourth among 50 competitors at the Dogwood Arts Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee.
• The Jackson County board of commissioners adopted a resolution making Jackson a member of the regional housing authority.
• 1969 Ford Mavericks were on sale at Reece-Hampton Motors for $1,995.
40 years ago - April 19, 1979
• Western Carolina University’s Center for Improving Mountain Living was selected to head a U.S. foreign assistance planning team for Nepal that could lead to millions of dollars in aid.
• Dedication ceremonies for WCU’s new Music-English building were announced.
• The Jackson County Sheltered Workshop celebrated its first anniversary.
30 years ago - April 20, 1989
• A bomb squad from Fort Bragg was called to respond to a device found at the A&P Supermarket in Sylva Plaza. The object turned out to be a fake and was filled with dirt and window caulking.
• Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library reopened following repairs to damage caused by a Feb. 26 fire.
• The Sylva Business and Professional Association met to listen to information pertaining to any possibilities of keeping the proposed new courthouse in downtown Sylva.
20 years ago - April 15, 1999
• A fire destroyed 20 shops at Cherokee’s Tepee Village.
• Sylva’s new street lights were set to shine at the downtown Greening Up the Mountains Festival.
• Smoky Mountain pitchers Jake Lunnen and Will Coffey combined for a perfect game in a 10-0 win over Chesnee, S.C.
10 years ago - April 16, 2009
• The Tuckaseigee Water and Sewer Authority received $13.3 million in federal funds for a planned expansion at the North River Road waste water treatment facility.
• The Tuckaseigee River Cleanup was set to mark its 25th year.