70 years ago - Oct. 12, 1950


• In an editorial the Herald lamented traffic woes on Mill Street, pointing out that trucks “by necessity” had to unload there, blocking traffic. One anecdote related in the editorial was of a Trailways bus that had to wait 20 minutes to clear a roadblock, only a few hundred feet from its terminal destination.

• Thornton Cabe hauled in a last-gasp TD catch as Sylva dropped Bethel 13-6 in football action.

• Western Carolina’s Catamounts defeated East Tennessee 13-6 to even their mark on the year at 1-1.


60 years ago - Oct. 13, 1960


• After defeating Catawba College Sept. 10 by a 35-0 count, Western Carolina’s Catamounts fell in an upset in a second meeting, 12-7.

• Belk’s offered fleece-lined zip front sweatshirts for $2.88.

• The opening of the Rebel Restaurant on the new Waynesville highway was announced.


50 years ago - Oct. 8, 1970


• Due to a contract dispute, Western Carolina Telephone Company and Westco workers walked off the job.

• Despite moving into a higher classification, Sylva-Webster’s High School Marching Band won a Superior rating among 70 bands competing at Bristol.

• Porterhouse steaks were on sale at Harold’s for $1.19 per pound. 


40 years ago - Oct. 9, 1980


• Dedication ceremonies were set for the new $10 million Cherokee Indian Hospital.

• Dana Bryson rushed for 230 yards to lead Sylva-Webster past Murphy, 41-0.

• Western Carolina recorded two safeties on the way to a 24-10 win over Middle Tennessee State.


30 years ago - Oct. 4, 1990


• Smoky Mountain outscored Murphy 20-0 in the third quarter en route to a 31-9 win in Carr Hooper Stadium.

• The Herald’s Carey Phillips received the outstanding media award for North Carolina’s Region 8 at the meeting of the N.C. High School Athletic Association at Lake Junaluska.

• Smoky Mountain High’s Dee Grantham was chosen as Jackson County’s Teacher of the Year.


20 years ago - Oct. 5, 2000


• An estimated 26,000 people attended Western Carolina University’s 26th annual Mountain Heritage Day.

• The Highlands Ranger District was seeking public input on the Smoky Mountain Sportsmans Association’s proposal for a shooting range in Jackson County.

• Smoky Mountain’s volleyball team ran its record to 14-4 with a win against Erwin.


10 years ago - Oct. 7, 2010


• West Henderson finished the game with 31 unanswered points to defeat Smoky Mountain 44-13 in Appalachian Athletic Conference football action at Carr Hooper Stadium/Babe Howell Field.

• Smoky Mountain scored two goals 30 seconds apart in the first overtime to claim a 3-1 Appalachian Athletic Conference soccer victory over Brevard at Carr Hooper Stadium/Babe Howell Field.

• Smoky Mountain defeated Asheville 25-16, 25-14, 25-21 in a non-conference volleyball match at the SM gym.