70 years ago - Aug. 10, 1950
• A road was opened to the top of Whiteside Mountain, opening the 4,930-foot peak to many for the first time.
• The Selective Service Board opened in Sylva for the first time since the cessation of hostilities in World War II.
• Jim Cunningham threw a six-hitter as the Sylva Plowboys defeated Beacon Mills 8-1 in Western North Carolina Industrial League baseball action.
60 years ago - Aug. 11, 1960
• The Cubs were Jackson County’s Little League champions for 1960, compiling a record of 13-1.
• The Kenny Hall Lumber Company plant was destroyed by fire, with losses estimated at $35,000.
• Harvest was underway on the 20 acres of tomato fields in Jackson County.
50 years ago - Aug. 13, 1970
• A span of the Moody Bridge crossing the Tuckaseigee River collapsed under the weight of a gravel truck.
• 309 students were slated to receive degrees at Western Carolina University’s commencement ceremony.
• Sylva’s Little League All-Stars were eliminated from the playoffs by Greenville.
40 years ago - Aug. 14, 1980
• The Jackson County Board of Education OK’d the sale of the Cashiers School property for $45,000.
• Smokey Mountain Elementary School, the consolidation of Qualla and Log Cabin, was set to open.
• Coach Babe Howell welcomed 40 candidates for spots on the 1980 Sylva-Webster football roster.
30 years ago - Aug. 9, 1990
• Western Carolina University conferred degrees on 201 students in summer graduation ceremonies.
• The youngest Western Carolina University football squad since the end of WWII began reporting for preseason practice under new coach Steve Hodgin.
• An engineering firm was retained to upgrade Sylva’s wastewater treatment plant.
20 years ago - Aug. 10, 2000
• Harrah’s Cherokee Casino announced plans to build a four-star hotel at a cost of $60 million.
• Abbie Haire and Willie Lambert of the Yellowhill Judo Club won gold medals at national competitions.
• Coach Cameron Brooks was set to launch his first season at the helm of the Smoky Mountain Mustangs football squad.
10 years ago - Aug. 12, 2010
• Federal and state officials got a firsthand look at art produced with landfill methane gas as they toured the Jackson County Green Energy Park. Attendees included Gov. Bev Perdue, Congressman Heath Shuler, N.C. Sen. John Snow and N.C. Rep. Phil Haire.
• Plans for a new Cullowhee were unveiled by architects and representatives from the Cullowhee Revitalization Endeavor during Forest Hills’ town board meeting.
• Harris Medical Park, the newly-constructed, state-of-the-art medical office building near Harris Regional Hospital, opened, providing patients with outpatient care and lab services. The three-story, 45,000 square-foot medical office building housed Sylva Medical Center, WNC Pediatric & Adolescent Care and Mountain Valley Surgery.