70 years ago - July 6,1950

• “The Pale Face,” starring Bob Hope and Jane Russell, dubbed “the funniest show that has ever been seen on the screen,” was playing at the Sylva Drive-In.

• The Sylva Plowboys took a doubleheader from Seneca, S.C., in baseball action.

• Dixie Home Super Markets offered free tea glasses with the purchase of Dixie Home Tea.

60 years ago - July 7, 1960

• Trying to boost flagging ridership lost to buses and interstate highways, Southern Railway began offering new lost-cost family fares.

• Jackson Furniture offered Bemco “Lullaway” mattresses for $39.95.

• Commissioners left Jackson County’s tax rate unchanged at $1.70 per $100 valuation.

50 years ago - July 9,1970

• The 3-year-old Cashiers-Glenville Fire Department purchased its second fire truck, a 250-gallon Cheeta Ward La France unit.

• Jackson County commissioners adopted a record $1.6 million budget.

• Western Carolina University summer enrollment was up 13 percent, to 2,090.

40 years ago - July 10, 1980

• The Herald decried the level of violence on television, saying it sparked violent incidents in real life, and called on Congress to intervene.

• Six Jackson County Senior Babe Ruth baseball players were selected for the Smoky Mountain Senior Babe Ruth All-Star Team.

• Dan Kenney was named as Western Carolina University’s men’s basketball assistant coach and head coach for cross country.

30 years ago - July 5, 1990

• The Jackson County swim team handily defeated Highlands, 324-119.

• Anderson Family Homes offered stick-built houses starting at $42,000.

• A runaway car struck the Jackson Tire Company, causing about $5,000 in damage and sending two passengers to the hospital, where they were treated and released.

20 years ago - July 6, 2000

• “The Patriot,” starring Mel Gibson, was airing at the Quin Theaters.

• Radar units were installed in Western Carolina University police vehicles to help curb speeding on campus.

• Rusty McLeod took honors in the Limited division race to kick off Independence Day festivities at the Smoky Mountain Speedway.

10 years ago - July 8, 2010

• Jackson County’s Independence Day fireworks display lit up the sky over Dillsboro. Harrison’s Quarry was the launch site, since ongoing library construction and Courthouse renovation precluded pyrotechnics from the Courthouse steps.

• Sylva Police Chief Jeff Jamison announced plans to retire Oct. 1. His last day of work was set for Sept. 19, but Jamison said he planned to take a month to travel in China, his wife’s home country, before officially stepping down. Jamison had served as chief since 1998.

• County and school officials took a first look at a needs assessment regarding a proposed gym and fine arts center for Smoky Mountain High School.