70 years ago - Aug. 18, 1949
• A “reputable New York manufacturer” of boys clothing was reported to be looking to locate in the area, with the possibility of hiring 500 women and girls with experience in operating sewing machines.
• Paul A. Reid was elected president of Western Carolina Teachers’ College.
• Around 1,000 people turned out at Mark Watson Park for Jackson County’s first boxing show. In the main event Billy Galt of Cherokee stepped out of his 165-pound weight class to defeat a 200-pound opponent.
60 years ago - Aug. 20, 1959
• State Highway Commission representatives issued assurances that the Dillsboro-Gateway section of U.S. 441 would be open to traffic by winter. The base of gravel wouldn’t be paved until the following spring, however.
• “The Girl in the Bikini,” starring Brigitte Bardo, was playing at the Sylva Drive-In.
• Western Carolina College graduated 121 at its summer commencement ceremony.
50 years ago - Aug. 21, 1969
• Dedication ceremonies for the new Roscoe Poteet Swimming Pool were set for Aug. 27.
• A town-wide extension of Sylva’s town limits and a Christmas parade were among topics at a meeting of Sylva’s merchant association.
• Western Carolina University announced the addition of an intercollegiate soccer program to its athletics lineup.
40 years ago - Aug. 23, 1979
• Western Carolina University’s ROTC unit was given full detachment status by the Department of the Army.
• Expansion of the olivine sand plant near Dillsboro was nearing completion.
• Despite a spate of injuries in practice, Western Carolina, returning five All-SoCon players including QB Mike Pusey, was looking forward to its football season opener at East Carolina.
30 years ago - Aug. 24, 1989
• Fifty-five students received diplomas at Southwestern Community College’s summer commencement.
• Pam Lull of Sylva was named second runner-up at the 1989 Miss Wheelchair America Pageant in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
• The Smoky Mountain Mustang football team, coming off a 9-4 season, was set to open the year with a trip to Tuscola.
20 years ago - Aug. 19, 1999
• A ribbon cutting and a first food serving were held at Jackson County’s new Community Table.
• With construction imminent on the new playground at Sylva’s Poteet Park, removal of old equipment got under way.
• John Noell scored four goals as Smoky Mountain’s men’s soccer team coasted to a 9-1 win over North Buncombe in the season opener.
10 years ago - Aug. 27, 2009
• County commissioners unanimously approved the county’s incentive package for Stonewall Packaging LLC, the new joint venture headed by Jackson Paper Co. Incentives approved included up to $1.3 million in tax exemptions.
• Grant Schallock, a redshirt sophomore punter on North Carolina’s football team, was awarded an athletic scholarship by UNC. A 2007 Smoky Mountain graduate, Schallock had been a walk-on for the Tar Heels the previous two seasons.