70 years ago - Nov. 9, 1950


• Democrats swept the races on the Jackson County ballot, but their victory margins were considerably reduced thanks to an aggressive GOP campaign push.

• C.J. Harris Hospital was granted a license to operate as a general hospital.

• Sylva’s Golden Hurricane defeated Ben Lippen 19-0 in a rain-soaked football game.


60 years ago - Nov. 3, 1960


• High turnout was expected in Jackson County for the tight presidential race between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.

• The Halloween Carnival at Sylva-Webster netted $1,200 for school projects.

• A recreation director for the Sylva area was proposed at a meeting of Sylva’s Inter-Church Group.


50 years ago - Nov. 5, 1970


• Mary White Scott and her son, Gov. Bob Scott, were on hand for dedication ceremonies for the Mary White Scott Residence Hall at Western Carolina.

• Turnout was estimated at 75 percent for the 1970 election in Jackson County.

• Sylva-Webster scored 66 points in the first half on the way to a record-shattering 88-30 football win over Swain. 


40 years ago - Nov. 6, 1980


• Two incumbents and two newcomers to elective office, all Democrats, were chosen by Jackson voters for county commission and school board seats.

• Gov. Jim Hunt presented the Community of Excellence Award to Sylva.

• Quarterback Eric Streater threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as Sylva-Webster routed Murphy 47-0 in Smoky Mountain Conference football action.


30 years ago - Nov. 1, 1990


• Packaging Corporation of America acquired Dixie Container Corporation, a move that included Jackson Paper and its 130 employees.

• Smoky Mountain set a new scoring record in a 56-13 walloping of Roberson.

• Furman routed Western Carolina, 42-9, in Southern Conference football play.


20 years ago - Nov. 2, 2000


• A historical marker commemorating the first court session in Jackson County was dedicated at the old Daniel Bryson homestead in Beta near the intersection of U.S. 23/74 and Cope Creek Road.

• Western Carolina won its first road football game in two years at the Catamounts downed Virginia Military, 41-31.

• Jackson County’s unemployment rate stood at 1.5 percent.


10 years ago - Nov. 4, 2010


• Republicans Doug Cody and Charles Elders, along with Jack Debnam, who ran as an unaffiliated candidate but was supported in ads by the GOP, ousted three incumbent Democrats on the Jackson County Commission.

• Jarrod Couch’s penalty kick after a foul in the box with 24.8 seconds remaining in the second overtime lifted Smoky Mountain to a 3-2 Appalachian Athletic Conference soccer victory over North Henderson, earning the Mustangs a share of the AAC championship.

• Pisgah’s Bears rolled past Smoky Mountain 49-20 in an Appalachian Athletic Conference football game at Canton. It marked the 22nd straight loss for the Mustangs, dating back to 2008.