70 years ago - March 2, 1950

• W.F. Andrews was named administrator of C.J. Harris Community Hospital.

• The Herald reported that Doak Walker, Southern Methodist University’s heralded halfback, had signed a three-year contract with the Detroit Lions for an estimated $38,000. With bonuses, the contract was estimated at $60,000.

• The annual dinner in honor of President Emeritus Robert Lee Madison’s birthday was held at the Western Carolina Teacher College’s dining hall. Madison turned 83.


60 years ago - March 3, 1960

• A fire started when grease ignited on a cooking stove caused an estimated $15,000 to $20,000 in damage to Velt’s Café on Main Street.

• Plans were underway to set 500,000 seedling trees in Jackson County during spring.

• Angel food ring cakes were on sale at the A&P for 33 cents each.


50 years ago - March 5, 1970

• Southwestern Technical Institute added a program of construction trades technology to its regular curriculum.

• Gene McConnell, a 6-4 senior from Cullowhee, led Western Carolina’s Catamounts past Appalachian State, 87-83.

• Officials issued a warning against direct viewing of the upcoming solar eclipse.


40 years ago - March 6, 1980

• The U.S. Forest Service announced plans to buy 39,000 acres of land in Jackson County comprised of what was known as the Old Mead Lands and the Bonas Defeat Tract.

• Two to six inches of snow fell across Jackson County, with low temperatures complicating road conditions further.


30 years ago  - March 1, 1990

• Smoky Mountain’s Lady Mustangs overcame a 16-point second half deficit to defeat Roberson in the Western Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament.

• A person using a fictitious name was running a flim-flam operation in the area attempting to sell suspect goods and services.

• 1990 Census questionnaires were expected to begin arriving in local mailboxes.


20 years ago  - March 2, 2000

• The Sylva Herald won five awards at the 75th annual North Carolina Press Winter Institute in Raleigh.

• The annexation of 2.3 acres owned by REACH of Jackson County was approved by Sylva’s town board.

• Tiffany Atkins scored 36 points to lead North Buncombe to a playoff win over the Smoky Mountain women’s squad.


10 years ago - March 4, 2010

• Snow that began falling around daybreak on March 2 disrupted traffic and closed county schools. Initial plans were for schools in the Smoky Mountain district to be on a two-hour delay, with Blue Ridge closed. Students had barely arrived at school before worsening conditions prompted officials to send them home.

• The Smoky Mountain’s men’s basketball team reached the Western Regionals for the first time in the program’s history by cruising past Polk County 61-40 in the sectional championship game at the SM gym. The win moved the Mustangs’ record to 23-4.

• Western Carolina scored the game’s first 15 points and held on for a 78-70 Southern Conference men’s basketball victory over Chattanooga in the regular season finale. The Catamounts (21-10, 11-7) finished second in the SC’s North Division.