70 years ago - March 24, 1949


• The Herald announced the Walter Bradley Packing Company near the Webster junction was almost ready to open. The $50,000 plant was proclaimed one of the most modern and up-to-date in this part of the country.

• State Sen. W.H. Crawford told The Herald he had introduced in the General Assembly a bill with provisions for banning the sale of beer and wine within the borders of Jackson County.


60 years ago - March 26, 1959


• Fifteen men worked five hours bringing a forest fire under control in the Mull Creek area. The fire burned more than 110 acres owned by the Mead Corporation.

• Work continued on expansions at Western Carolina College, which had seen its enrollment triple over the previous decade.


50 years ago - March 27, 1969


• The Municipal Board of Control issued an order that ruled with petitioners vying to establish the new town of Indian Hills in Jackson County. The town’s population: 62. The incorporation was linked with the establishment of a tourist attraction, “Bird and Animal Kingdom of America.” The town’s appointed mayor said the tourism draw would hinge of the sale of beer in Indian Hills.

• “King Kong Escapes” was airing at the Ritz Theatre.


40 years ago - March 22, 1979


• Sylva-Webster High student Gerena Parker was selected as a finalist in the Miss North Carolina National Teenager Pageant in Raleigh.

• Ricky Steamboat was set to put his U.S. wrestling title on the line against “Big” John Studd in a match at Sylva-Webster sponsored by the Golden Eagle Athletic Booster Club.


30 years ago - March 23, 1989


• Ground was broken on a new $300,000 alumni tower at Western Carolina University.

• The Southeastern Tourism Society of Atlanta named the Dillsboro Heritage Day as one of its top 20 events for the month of June.


20 years ago - March 25, 1999


• After 41 years in education, Smokey Mountain Elementary School Principal Lou Nicholson announced her retirement.

• County commissioners received a list of needs – all termed critical – totaling $35 million from county school officials.


10 years ago - March 26, 2009


• After six months of searching, Sylva leaders by a split vote chose Adrienne Isenhower as town manager. Town board members voted 3-2 to offer the 26-year-old Isenhower the job. Maurice Moody, Stacy Knotts and Sarah Graham were in favor of the motion, while Ray Lewis and Harold Hensley voted “no.”

• Gov. Bev Perdue appointed District Court Judge Brad Letts to a Superior Court judgeship. Letts, replacing retired Judge Marlene Hyatt, was set to represent Haywood and Jackson counties as a Superior Court judge for District 30B.