This week in local history:
70 years ago - May 19, 1949
• A delegation of 27 congressmen serving on the House Public Lands Committee was scheduled to visit Cherokee and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
• Porterhouse steaks were on sale at Dixie Home Supermarket for 85 cents a pound.
• The Herald lauded legislation introduced in Congress that would strip Americans joining the Communist Party of their citizenship.
60 years ago - May 14, 1959
• “The History of Sylva” was the theme of Sylva Elementary’s May Day festivities.
• J.D. McRorie penned a column explaining why the Herald’s volume number changes in May; the Herald, then 18 years old, had merged with its predecessor The Ruralite, founded 35 years earlier. The Ruralite’s first edition had been printed in May.
• Angel Food cakes were on sale at A&P for 39 cents apiece.
50 years ago - May 15, 1969
• Southwestern Technical Institute celebrated its fifth anniversary.
• A wrong-way driver on Mill Street collided with a parked vehicle, doing about $800 in damage to it, before continuing on 370 feet and colliding with a utility pole. The wrong-way driver’s vehicle was totaled.
• Gordon Hooper of Sylva drove his Number 11 Ford to a fifth-place finish at Rainbow Raceway in the 40-lap late model sportsman feature race.
40 years ago - May 17, 1979
• Sylva adopted a 10-cent property tax increase per $100 valuation, expected to add $32,000 to town coffers.
• Plans for opening a farmers market in Jackson County were finalized.
• Chief John A. Crowe called a Grand Council of all members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to consider and approve a Tribal Constitution.
30 years ago - May 11, 1989
• Smoky Mountain football star Jamie Extine was named the winner of the Claude Drake Memorial Award at the 31st annual Western North Carolina Sports Awards Banquet. The award goes to the outstanding 1A/2A male athlete in Western North Carolina.
• Western Carolina University senior first baseman Clint Fairey was named the Southern Conference Player of the Year, while third baseman Matt Raleigh was named Freshman of the Year.
20 years ago - May 13, 1999
• Fierce straight-line winds damaged homes on Bettys Creek.
• U.S. 441 through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was briefly closed due to a rockslide.
• Representatives from the U.S. Postal Service said funds to construct a new 11,000 square-foot post office in Sylva would be in the fiscal 2002 budget.
10 years ago - May 14, 2009
• After years of delays, controversy and site changes, Jackson County’s groundbreaking was scheduled for the new public library.
• The Jackson County Greenway Project, an initiative of the Jackson County Recreation and Parks Department and the Greenway Advisory Committee, was set to hold a series of public workshops to discuss greenway planning, identify bicycle and pedestrian needs in each community, and solicit support for conservation, recreation and transportation projects.