This week in local history:
70 years ago - June 23, 1949
• Approximately 250 citizens of Jackson and Swain counties gathered at Whittier to discuss a highway project from Whittier to Franklin via Conley’s Creek to Leatherman’s Gap and down Cowee Creek.
• U.S. Royal De Luxe tires were on sale at Allison Auto Parts for $12.95 plus tax.
• Heavy rains reminiscent of the Flood of 1940 sept across Jackson County. Glenville lake was credited with holding back a great volume of water that otherwise would have created havoc along the Tuckaseigee River.
60 years ago - June 25, 1959
• The crushing of stone for construction of the Gateway section of U.S. 441 began.
• The number of girls entering the July 4 Beauty Contest jumped to 27 as more hopefuls put their names in competition.
• The nation’s No. 1 outdoor drama, “Unto These Hills,’’ opened for its 10th season.
50 years ago - June 26, 1969
• A wind storm, thought by some to be a tornado, swept through the area, damaging several buildings on the Western Carolina University campus.
• Bids were opened for a three-module arts, industrial arts and home economics complex at WCU.
• Fifty-seven students from Jackson County were included on WCU’s Dean’s List.
40 years ago - June 28, 1979
• Santa was scheduled to arrive by helicopter for Sylva’s “Christmas in July’’ festival.
30 years ago - June 22, 1989
• William A. Smith, serving as Assistant Superintendent for Jackson County Public Schools, announced his retirement after 41 years of service.
• In an editorial The Herald lauded Rep. Martin Nesbitt of Buncombe County for his stance against a proposed 20 percent tuition increase for UNC system in-state students.
• Chinese students at Western Carolina University held a memorial for the estimated 100 Chinese students slain during pro-democracy protests in Beijing.
20 years ago - June 24, 1999
• County leaders adopted a $34.1 million budget, with no change in the tax rate for the fiscal year.
• More than 100 people by petition filed a complaint with the Jackson County board of commissioners over noise from a helicopter sight-seeing business.
• The grand opening of the Webster Enterprises Child Development Center was announced for July.
10 years ago - June 25, 2009
• Steve Streater, the 1977 National High School Baseball Player of the Year, died at an Asheboro hospital. Streater, 50, set a national record for wins in a season as he was 23-1 in Sylva-Webster’s 1977 run to the state 3-A baseball title. He pitched every inning except one that year.
• All four Western Carolina Catamount baseball players, including three under classmen, who were taken in the 2009 Major League Baseball first-year player draft signed with the MLB clubs and began reporting for summer training and rookie-league play.