This week in local history:
70 years ago - June 2, 1949
• The Herald reported that “following a fruitless effort to work out an agreement with the union to lower wages so that they could operate with loss, the owners of The Sylva Laundry have closed the industry, thus throwing 43 people out of employment with an average monthly payroll off $4,600.”
• Around 200 people gathered at the courthouse in a rally supporting Gov. Kerr Scott’s road and school referendums, set for a statewide vote June 4.
• Sylva High was set to award diplomas to 55 graduates.
60 years ago - June 4, 1959
• A group of Sylva High chemistry students conducted a series of rocket launches about four miles east of Sylva. The first blew up on the launch pad, but the “Royal Flush” rocket attained a height of 3,881 feet.
• Eagle’s 5c and 10c Store Food Bar was readying for its grand opening.
• A 1952 Chevrolet half-ton pickup was for sale at Reese-Hampton for $695.
50 years ago - June 5, 1969
• Citizens Bank and Trust and Wachovia Bank Trust approved a merger.
• Work crews completed a major renovation to the county courthouse, including a fire-proof wing for the Register of Deeds office.
• A&P offered five 1-pound loaves of bread on sale for 99 cents.
40 years ago - June 7, 1979
• Jackson County’s proposed tax rate for the fiscal year was 60 cents per $100 valuation, an increase of one-third from the prior rate.
• Former North Carolina Governor Bob Scott was scheduled to deliver Southwestern Technical Institute’s commencement address.
• Lin Stadler, a heavily recruited pitcher from Reidsville High School, inked with Western Carolina and was touted as a possible replacement for Rick Adair, WCU’s record-setting left-handed pitcher who was expected to sign a pro contract.
30 years ago - June 1, 1989
• Services were scheduled for Bob Waters, WCU’s football coach for 20 years, following his death after a long battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.
• Smoky Mountain High School’s first commencement was scheduled, with 240 candidates for graduation.
• WCU’s baseball team ended its season with two losses in the NCAA South Region Tournament.
20 years ago - June 4, 1999
• Incumbent Joyce Dugan faced seven challengers as she sought a second four-year term as Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
• A host of cuts were proposed for county departments as county leaders discussed a budget with no tax increase.
10 years ago - June 4, 2009
• Addie native Bob Terrell, 80, who told Western North Carolina’s stories for more than 60 years in the pages of the Asheville Citizen-Times, died in Phoenix, Ariz. The longtime newspaper columnist got his start in journalism at the Sylva Herald in 1946 writing sports stories.
• County officials unanimously agreed to enter into a financing agreement with BB&T to fund construction of the new library and projects at Southwestern Community College. Under the terms the county was to receive a loan of around $10.2 million from the bank at a 4.6 percent interest rate with a 15-year term.
• Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians were set to vote on whether alcohol could be served on the premises of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel.