This week in local history:
70 years ago - March 3, 1949
• R.M. Hause, executive director of the Allied Church League, Inc., was scheduled to be the principal speaker at a county-wide meeting of “Dry Forces” campaigning against alcohol sales in Jackson County.
• Plans for rebuilding the Memorial Fountain, Jackson County’s memorial to her servicemen and women of the First World War, were presented to the American Legion Auxiliary.
• Teachers and students at county schools were lauded for their efforts to raise funds for the March of Dimes, with $1,335.36 of the county’s total of $4,335.67 raised by the schools.
60 years ago - March 5, 1959
• Western Carolina College’s Catamounts won the North State Conference tournament by edging Catawba, 39-36.
• WCU basketball coach Jim Gudger was named NAIA District 26 Coach of the Year.
50 years ago - March 6, 1969
• A new audio device was installed on Moody Funeral Home’s ambulance. Replacing the conventional siren, it produced “wail” and “yelp” sounds.
• With instillation of a computing device, Southwestern Technical Institute became a participating institution in the North Carolina Computer Orientation Project.
• Coach Ron Ely’s Sylva-Webster Golden Eagles brought home the Smoky Mountain Conference basketball championship with a 65-48 win over Franklin.
40 years ago - March 1, 1979
• The Jackson County Recreation Department was offering disco classes.
• The Cullowhee Rebels men’s basketball team lost its bid for the District 8 1-A class championship, falling 68-64 to Tryon.
30 years ago - March 2, 1989
• A fire in Hunter Library at WCU destroyed a services area of the University Media Center and caused smoke damage to other sections of the three-story building.
• The Smoky Mountain Mustangs men’s basketball team upset the state’s top-ranked 2-A team, Mitchell, 73-62 in Western Highlands Conference action.
20 years ago - March 4, 1999
• A new initiative from Southwestern Community College was set to offer area students new ways to plan their curriculum to earn significant amounts of tuition free college credit before high school graduation.
• The Herald editorialized in favor of saving the old courthouse, saying the building was breathtaking, awe-inspiring and nothing less than the symbol of Sylva.
10 years ago - March 5, 2009
• Smoky Mountain’s women’s basketball team won its third sectional championship in four years with a 53-48 victory over Newton-Conover at the SM gym.
• Balsam-Willets-Ochre Hill Volunteer Fire Chief Johnny Nicholson received the “Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year” award from the N.C. Fire Chiefs’ Association. A chief for 15 years, Nicholson served at the department since it was chartered in 1981.