70 years ago - May 25, 1950


• Only about 15 people sent in membership checks for the Rolling Green Country Club being built on N.C. 107, bringing the project to an end.

• One-pound cans of pork and beans were on sale at Dixie Home Super Market at 9 cents each.

• Sylva High School wrapped up its first drivers education course, with 26 students completing the program.


60 years ago - May 26, 1960


• Two prisoners escaped from a road gang working in Jackson County, with one captured near the drive-in and the other still at large.

• Alerted by her cats “raising a ruckus,” Mrs. H.C. Stiles of Dillsboro dispatched a 5-foot long rattlesnake, described by her as “the maddest one yet” she’d dispatched in her life.

• Fairview Gardens, a new cemetery under the State Perpetual Care Program, opened off N.C. 107.


50 years ago - May 28, 1970


• Preliminary Census numbers put Jackson County’s population at 20,486 persons.

• Painter Tire & Appliance offered Mary Carter house paint for $2.99 a gallon.

• Western Carolina outfielder Ron Wall was named to the NAIA All-District baseball team. 


40 years ago - May 22, 1980


• Details of a proposal by an Asheville firm to contract garbage collection for Sylva were presented to the town board.

• A dog was rescued from the roof of the Ritz Theatre, and was lucky enough to be placed in a good home.

• Sylva-Webster’s Golden Eagles tallied 20 hits in a 25-5 baseball win over the Hiwassee Dam Eagles.


30 years ago - May 24, 1990


• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved a 7-acre site west of and adjoining Mark Watson Park for a new courthouse/administration building.

• Telephone calls to the 743, 293, 227 and 586 exchanges in Jackson County became local calls.

• Senior Brandon Bryson hit a grand slam in Smoky Mountain’s season finale to lead the Mustangs to a 16-6 win over Pisgah.


20 years ago - May 25, 2000


• In an effort to collect $3,583 in back taxes, Jackson County’s tax collector asked the U.S. House to garnish the wages of 11th District Congressman Charles Taylor.

• Four cases of rubella were confirmed in Jackson County.

• Ryan’s Steaks, Buffet and Bakery was set to open at Walmart Plaza.


10 years ago - May 27, 2010


• State and federal officials joined local elected leaders, fund-raisers and library board members on the Courthouse steps to celebrate the $200,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development grant that helped the Jackson County library complex Capital Campaign secure the necessary funding for furniture, fixtures and equipment for the new library.

• The Jackson County Rescue Squad officially opened their new building in County Services Park during a May 22 open house.

• Polk scored six runs in the second inning and went on to a 9-3 victory over Smoky Mountain in the second round of the state 2-A baseball playoffs at Polk. The Mustangs ended their season 15-7.