70 years ago - May 18, 1950


• 51 students received diplomas at Sylva High’s graduation ceremony.

• Eight successive nightly showings were scheduled for the opening season of “Unto These Hills” at Mountainside Theatre in Cherokee.

• Sylva’s Plowboys dropped Sayles Bleachery 8-5 to move to 2-2 on the season, good for fourth place in the eight-team WNC Industrial League standings.


60 years ago - May 19, 1960


• An expansion of courses from 38 at Sylva High School and 28 at Webster High School to 43 at the new Sylva-Webster High School was announced.

• The Herald editorialized on the best use of the federal budget surplus of $4.2 billion, saying most newspapers editors would use it to pay down the national debt.

• Jackson Furniture offered Bremco Lullaway mattresses for $39.


50 years ago - May 21, 1970


• Barbecue grills, playground equipment and picnic tables were added to the Sylva Recreation Park.

• Gary Cowan was named Best Offensive Lineman, Best Track & Field Athlete and Outstanding Athlete at the Sylva Lions Club athletic banquet.

• The Blue Ridge Parkway reported nearly 12 million visitors for 1969.


40 years ago - May 15, 1980


• Sylva-Webster had three entries qualify for the regional track meet: Rick Millwood in the 800-meter run, the 1600-meter relay team, and Stephan Swimmer in the 3200-meter run.

• Completed design proposals to turn the old Sylva School into a civic auditorium-arts center were set to be presented to the public.

• Western Carolina University’s baseball team finished with a record of 22-15, the second-winningest mark in school history, and set or tied 20 school records.


30 years ago - May 17, 1990


• The Oconaluftee Indian Village opened for its 39th season.

• More than 54 miles of streams in Jackson County were designated High Quality Water by the state Environmental Management Commission.

• Eight members of Smoky Mountain’s men’s and women’s track teams qualified for Western Regional competition.


20 years ago - May 18, 2000


• Western Carolina University awarded five doctoral degrees – the first in its history – during graduation ceremonies at the Ramsey Center.

• Jarvis Hayes, the Southern Conference men’s basketball freshman of the year, announced he would transfer from WCU to Georgia, along with his twin brother Jonas.

• Smoky Mountain’s Lady Mustang soccer team finished its best season in history with a 19-3 record. All three losses were to Tuscola.

• Short on volunteers, the Jackson County Chapter of the American Red Cross was considering merging with the Asheville chapter.


10 years ago - May 20, 2010


• With all traces of the Dillsboro Dam gone, another big effort was underway as crews worked to stabilize and restore sections of the riverbank long covered in water – a job project leaders termed a blend of art and science.

• Separate lightning strikes were suspected in two fires that left a Cashiers-area laundry a total loss. Responders contained a blaze after a call at 1:41 p.m. May 15. However, Cashiers firefighters were called to Master Corp again at 11:30 p.m. and found the structure fully involved.

• Tom Pawlowski was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the seventh, giving Smoky Mountain a 9-8 victory over Bandys in the first round of the state 2-A baseball playoffs at the SM field.