70 years ago - Nov. 23, 1950


• A Department of Motor Vehicles study showed 53 percent of traffic accidents in North Carolina were caused by drivers under the age of 25, a group that comprised 30 percent of Tar Heel license holders.

• “Three Little Words,” starring Fred Astaire and Red Skelton, was playing at the Ritz Theatre.

• “The Fighting Kentuckian,” featuring John Wayne, was on the screen at the Sylva Drive-In.


60 years ago - Nov. 17, 1960


• Sylva-Webster wrapped up its first year of football with a 3-6 record.

• Newberry defeated Western Carolina 30-6 in gridiron play.

• Sen. Sam Ervin called for changing the way the state tallies electoral votes to a proportional basis instead of the winner-take-all system.


50 years ago - Nov. 19, 1970


• Dedication ceremonies were set for the new Jackson County Library building.

• Gary Cowan became just the second player from Sylva chosen to play in the Shrine Bowl in its 34-year history.

• Western Carolina upset Concordia in football action for its fourth straight win.


40 years ago - Nov. 20, 1980


• Frank Brown was reelected as chair of the Cherokee Historical Association.

• Western Carolina’s men’s basketball team was picked to win the Southern Conference title in pre-season polls.

• Sylva-Webster opened the state playoffs with a 35-0 win over Avery.


30 years ago - Nov. 15, 1990


• Eldridge Painter requested a recount in his apparent loss to Wayne Hooper for the chair of the Jackson County Commission. The official canvass had Hooper on top, 4,362 to 4,325.

• A movement was underway by both political parties in the county to make school board races nonpartisan.

• Smoky Mountain sophomore Pam Sumner was named Player of the Year, and Cindi Simmons was named Coach of the Year in All-Western Athletic Conference volleyball voting.


20 years ago - Nov. 16, 2000


• Smoky Mountain’s Darius Bryson signed a track scholarship with Western Carolina.

• Mack McCary was named as the new superintendent of Jackson County Schools.

• Sylva Mayor Brenda Oliver was named to the board of directors of the N.C. League of Municipalities.


10 years ago - Nov. 18, 2010


• After an 18-month shutdown due to the Great Recession, the sawmill began running again at T&S Hardwoods in Addie.

• Georgia Southern scored a touchdown in each quarter en route to a 28-6 Southern Conference football victory over Western Carolina. The Catamounts (2-8, 1-6) finished winless at home for the first time since 1963.

• Smoky Mountain’s men’s basketball team was gearing up for the new season after posting a 24-5 mark. Heading the returnees was senior center Jackson Simmons, who had committed to play for North Carolina in 2011-12