This week in local history:
70 years ago - May 12, 1949
• Jackson County farms were damaged badly by heavy rains, with many sections reporting that cultivated fields lost a great deal of topsoil from torrential downpours.
• With J.E. “Lefty” Perdue pitching all of the first and most of the second game, Western Carolina took a doubleheader from Piedmont College by scores of 6-2 and 4-3.
60 years ago - May 7, 1959
• M.Y. Jarrett was re-elected mayor of the Town of Dillsboro, a post he had held the previous 20 years.
• Advertising for bids for construction of a new Sylva Fire Station began.
• An advertiser in the Herald was seeking 100,000 pounds of “good log moss,” stressing that the moss had to be well-cleaned, dry and in bales weighing no more than 30 pounds.
50 years ago - May 8, 1969
• The Herald carried notice that Army Sp/4 Charles Wendell Jennings, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Jennings of Cullowhee Mountain, had been killed in action Sunday, April 27, in Vietnam.
• In an extremely high turnout, 30 of the 33 registered voters in Indian Hills cast ballots for the new town’s mayor and board of commissioners.
• A total of about $38,000 was distributed by Sylva’s ABC Board to the town of Sylva and Jackson County.
40 years ago - May 10, 1979
• Fairview eighth-grader Ted Powell, who had only learned to swim weeks earlier, won a third-place ribbon in the 25-yard freestyle event in Special Olympics competition at Western Carolina University.
• Joy Renee Davis, 17, of Sylva was scheduled to compete in the Miss North Carolina Teen USA Pageant in Winston-Salem.
• Jackson County adopted a school budget of $9.8 million.
30 years ago - May 11, 1989
• Eight hundred and eighty-eight graduates received degrees at Western Carolina University’s spring commencement.
• County-owned property just west of Mark Watson Park, obtained as the site for a new courthouse, was rezoned from residential to business commercial.
• A new computer installed by the Town of Sylva resulted in some water customers being either overcharged or undercharged.
20 years ago - May 6, 1999
• A late spring snow blanketed green lawns and shut down the Blue Ridge Parkway to vehicle traffic.
• Gov. Jim Hunt was set to honor the Museum of the Cherokee Indian for its contributions to North Carolina’s cultural climate.
• Smoky Mountain’s baseball team clinched a spot in the state 3-A playoffs and was set to face undefeated Roberson.
10 years ago - May 7, 2009
• After notifying employees in early March about the plant’s impending shutdown, T&S Hardwoods laid off 40 to 50 of its 76 workers.
• Smoky Mountain’s Kameron Buchanan won the 2-A Western Regional Golf Tournament played at Mount Airy’s Cedarbrook Country Club. He shot a 72 to come out on top by one stroke and punched his ticket to the state 2-A tournament.
• Though it did not submit the lowest bid, Brantley Construction of Canton was named commissioners’ unanimous choice to build the new library complex on Courthouse Hill. Brantley’s base bid of $6 million was the third lowest. Low bidder McCarroll Construction withdrew its $5.3 million base bid due to some oversights on the plans, county Manager Ken Westmoreland said. The second-highest bidder, Marsh Bell Construction of South Carolina, did not submit several documents required in the bid process, and their bid had to be disqualified.