70 years ago - Nov. 30, 1950


• One of the mildest Indian summers on record abruptly ended as low temperatures fell to near zero and a sudden storm slickened roads on Balsam, stranding hundreds of vehicles for several hours.

• Carolina Motor Club president Coleman Roberts reported that Jackson County had recorded four deaths and 77 injuries in vehicle accidents over the first nine months of 1950.

• Center Dennis Ensley of the Sylva High Golden Hurricane was selected to participate in the third annual Optimist Bowl in Asheville.


60 years ago - Nov. 24, 1960


• A forest fire burned 30 acres on the Jackson-Macon county line.

• The Clingman’s Dome road was ordered closed from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. until further notice.

• Hollifield Jewelers offered Bulova watches for $35.75.


50 years ago - Nov. 26, 1970


• 200 people attended the open house and dedication for the new Jackson County Public Library.

• The temperature dipped to 7 degrees at the Thorpe Reservoir recording station.

• Coming off a 13-18 record, Western Carolina’s men’s basketball team was set to open the season against Atlantic Christian. 


40 years ago - Nov. 27, 1980


• Sylva-Webster continued rolling in the state 2A football playoffs, downing West Wilkes 41-0.

• Fred Alexander was named manager of corporate communications for Nantahala Power & Light Company.

• Mike Lyons ran up the 107 steps of the Jackson County Courthouse to complete a run of nearly 50 miles that began at the Buncombe County Courthouse.


30 years ago - Nov. 22, 1990


• The tours of duty for the N.C. National Guard 210th and 211th M.P. Companies in Saudi Arabia were extended 90 days.

• Wayne Hooper was confirmed as winning the election for county commission chair in a recount.

• Five seniors from Smoky Mountain’s football squad were named to the All-Western Athletic Conference Team, including Brandon Saunooke, Co-Lineman of the Year.


20 years ago - Nov. 23, 2000


• Up to 6 inches of wet snow fell in the Cullowhee Mountain area, closing schools and leaving many without power.

• A 41-yard field goal with 57 seconds remaining lifted Tennessee Tech past Western Carolina, 37-35, in gridiron action.

• Western Carolina was set to offer North Carolina’s first entrepreneurship degree.

10 years ago - Nov. 25, 2010


• After some five months on the ground, the 40,000-pound Courthouse cupola, which was removed in late June to repair water damage, was restored to its perch. Repairs to the cupola included replacing floor joists, removing a gutter, installing new cornice and wood, and installing weather-tight windows to prevent future water damage.

• The N.C. Department of Transportation was set to dedicate the bridge on N.C. 107 over the East Fork of the Tuckaseigee River in Tuckasegee as the “T. Walter Middleton Bridge.” Middleton worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps and was a veteran of the Pacific campaign in World War II. It was there that Middleton was captured and was held as a prisoner of war for one and a half years, surviving the Bataan Death March.

• Western Carolina’s men’s basketball team opened each half with an 11-2 run and held off DePaul down the stretch for a 69-64 non-conference upset win at Allstate Arena.