70 years ago - May 11, 1950


• About 750 people heard the inaugural address of Paul Reid in Western Carolina Teacher College’s Hoey Auditorium as he officially was inaugurated as the institution’s fourth president.

• “The Big Wheel,” starring Mickey Rooney, was playing at the Ritz Theatre.

• The Sylva Plowboys dropped a 9-0 decision to Berkeley in WNC Industrial League baseball play.


60 years ago - May 12, 1960


• Marking “Bells for Peace,” churches around the county rang their bells for 15 minutes on May 14.

• Winn-Dixie had 10 ears of corn on sale for 49 cents.

• The Herald reported on a Learning-to-Read TV program carried by WFBC-TV in Greenville, S.C., for people in the county who had little or no schooling early in life.


50 years ago - May 14, 1970


• A 75-foot span of the bridge spanning the Tuckaseigee River at Ashe Settlement collapsed when a dump truck carrying a load of gravel was crossing it. The vehicle fell into the river with the span; the driver suffered a scratched arm.

• A poll of students at Western Carolina University showed 67 percent backed President Nixon’s actions in sending troops into Cambodia. About 8 percent of students participated in the poll.

• WCU announced the formation of the WCU Volunteer Fire Department. 


40 years ago - May 8, 1980


• The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce called on the NCDOT to four-lane U.S. 23-441 from Pumpkintown to Dillsboro.

• Nearly 900 students, including 98 from Jackson County, received degrees at Western Carolina University’s graduation ceremony.

• Jackson County commissioners took under consideration the addition of a machinists program at Southwestern Technical Institute.


30 years ago - May 10, 1990


• T.C. Lewis resigned as Sylva’s mayor, a post he had held since 1977, due to increased demands on his personal and business life.

• 893 students received degrees at Western Carolina University’s graduation ceremony.

• An anonymous donor provided $76,000 for a new ambulance for the Glenville-Cashiers Rescue Squad.


20 years ago - May 11, 2000


• Glenville High basketball star Steve Dillard, former Cullowhee High Coach Joe Hicks and the late Jeff Owen, a four-sport star at Sylva-Webster, were inducted into the Jackson County Athletic Hall of Fame.

• Cindi Simmons, women’s basketball and volleyball coach at Smoky Mountain, was named N.C. Female Coach of the Year.


10 years ago - May 13, 2010


• Former school board Chairman Mary Jane Dillard, who was actively involved in education in Jackson County for some 61 years, died in Winston-Salem. She was 88.

• Sylva officials continued searching for a future Police Department location. Mayor Maurice Moody said the item had been featured on the town’s agenda for almost 10 years.

• Smoky Mountain’s Katie Spiro won the 400-meter dash in the 2-A Western Regional Track Meet at North Henderson with a time of 1:00.01, a personal best.