70 years ago - Oct. 26, 1950


• “Sheriff of Wichita,” starring Allan Lane, was playing at the Sylva Drive-In.

• Allman Motor Company offered a 1937 Ford Tudor 85 for $275.

• Lenoir-Rhyne defeated Western Carolina 25-7 in gridiron action, the Bears’ first win over the Cats since before World War II.


60 years ago - Oct. 27, 1960


• Robbinsville dropped Sylva-Webster 26-7 in Smoky Mountain Conference football action.

• East Carolina eked out a 7-6 win over Western Carolina, dropping the Catamounts’ season record to 3-3.

• Kirk-Davis Chevrolet offered a 1949 4-door Chevrolet for $95.


50 years ago - Oct. 29, 1970


• Seven amendments were set to be presented to North Carolina’s voters, including one removing archaic language from the N.C. Constitution.

• Sylva-Webster’s Golden Eagles won their third straight game with a 42-16 decision over Cherokee.

• Coach Bob Waters emptied his bench as Western Carolina rolled over Lenoir-Rhyne, 35-17.


40 years ago - Oct. 30, 1980


• Sylva-Webster’s defense held Franklin to 10 yards of total offense on the way to a 26-0 shutout.

• A 59-yard field goal with one second remaining gave Marshall a 13-13 tie against Western Carolina.

• Election Day was set for Jackson County, with a twist: A separate voting machine would have to be used to cast a presidential vote, with six candidates listed on the ballot.


30 years ago - Oct. 25, 1990


• Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., was the featured speaker at the Jackson County Republican Rally at Southwestern Community College.

• Voter registration in Jackson County rose by 614 voters to 15,495, an increase of 4.1 percent.


20 years ago - Oct. 26, 2000


• The Jackson County Airport’s newly extended and repaved runway was open for business.

• In an experimental release, elk were set to be reintroduced to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

• A 56-yard interception return for a touchdown led Tuscola past Smoky Mountain 20-13, a loss that eliminated the Mustangs from playoff contention.


10 years ago - Oct. 28, 2010


• Library fund-raisers exceeded their initial goal but were still hard at work seeking additional donations to expand the new facility’s collections. The capital campaign had exceeded the $1.8 million mark.

• The Lady Cardinals of Victory Christian successfully defended their N.C. Christian Schools Association 1-A state volleyball championship with a dominating performance in the Final Four held in Asheboro.

• Former Smoky Mountain soccer star Richard Ramirez had his # 7 jersey retired prior to the Mustangs’ football game against Brevard. Ramirez played for the Mustangs from 2006-09 and was the school’s career leader for goals (106), assists (59) and points (271). Ramirez was a three-time all-conference and all-region selection.Looking