70 years ago - Dec. 7, 1950


• On the Opinion page, the Herald carried an editorial decrying the possibility of a $60 billion federal budget.

• The Herald reported a mother and her young son survived -15 degree temperatures stranded at Craggy Dome before being rescued by Parkway rangers who plowed their way to the scene.

• Interest was high among students for both the girls and boys basketball squads at Webster High, despite the school’s old handicap – the lack of a gymnasium.


60 years ago - Dec. 1, 1960


• Nantahala Power & Light applied for its first rate increase in 30 years.

• Hooper Motor Company had a 1950 Ford four-door on sale for $145.

• A meeting was called to consider organizing a Moose Lodge in Sylva.


50 years ago - Dec. 2, 1970


• Under a reorganization, the Sylva National Guard Unit became Detachment 1 of the 211th Military Police Company, with an authorization strength of one officer and 45 men.

• Jerry Cagle scored 25 points to lead the Sylva-Webster basketball squad past Murphy, 71-54.

• Ensley’s Supermarket had pork tenderloin on sale for 79 cents a pound. 

40 years ago - Dec. 4, 1980


• Veronica Nicholas made history when she was sworn in as Jackson County’s first female commissioner.

• Jackson County’s unemployment rate rose to 6.1 percent.

• Sylva-Webster was slated to meet Currituck for the state 2-A football championship.


30 years ago - Dec. 6, 1990


• Demolition of the old Sylva School was set to begin.

• Sylva was set to hold its first Christmas luminarie event, with 2,000 candles to line the town.

• Buildings at the N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching received traditional Cherokee names.


20 years ago - Dec. 7, 2000


• Fairview teacher Marianna Kesgen was named one of the first recipients of a prestigious White House award honoring environmental educators; she was one of only 13 elementary science teachers nationwide to earn the honor.

• Dillsboro celebrated its 17th annual luminarie event.

• Smoky Mountain was set to join the nine-school Mountain Athletic 3-A Conference in part of a statewide realignment.


10 years ago - Dec. 2, 2010


• Jackson County Manager Ken Westmoreland was set to retire after a nine-year tenure.

• County Schools received approval for a calendar waiver, meaning they would be able to start and end earlier in 2011. School was set to start Aug. 11, 2011, and barring snow or bad weather, end May 21, 2012.

• Jackson Simmons poured in 34 points, including going 18 of 20 from the foul line, to lead Smoky Mountain’s men’s basketball team to a season-opening 79-60 victory over Enka.