70 years ago - Aug. 4, 1949

• Sylva held its first Water Carnival at the Municipal Swimming Pool, with around 400 in attendance for life saving demonstrations, stunts and a comedy act.

• Four wood rack cars loaded with pulpwood derailed near Barkers Creek. The wreck was quickly cleared, and there were no injuries.

• Wallin’s Shoe Store touted its selection of Buster Brown Shoes, “Fitted by X-ray.”


60 years ago - Aug. 6, 1959

• Whole beef forequarters, average weight 160 to 180 pounds, were on sale at A&P for 39 cents a pound.

• Dr. James Oliver opened his medical practice in Sylva in association with Dr. P.E. Dewees.

• “Dakota Incident” and “Square Dance Jubilee” were the weekend twin bill at the Sylva Drive-In.


50 years ago - Aug. 7, 1969

• Contracts totaling $2.2 million for construction of a new fine and industrial arts and home economics building at Western Carolina University were awarded.

• Old Savannah Baptist Church was planning the dedication of its new building, the fourth since the church was founded in 1835.

• Army Sgt. First Class DeLaney Casey of Cullowhee was awarded the Bronze Star for “meritorious service in ground operations against hostile forces in Vietnam.” 


40 years ago - Aug. 2, 1979

• The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians began a feasibility study on the possibility of legalized gambling – pari-mutuel dog track betting – on the reservation.

• Sylva’s Little League All-Stars won the District Five Junior Division title with a 5-1 win over West Asheville, but fell 3-1 to Brunswick County in the state tournament.

• The Cherokee Historical Association awarded $5,000 to the Cherokee Children’s Home.


30 years ago - Aug. 3, 1989

• Two men escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash from the Convenience King Shell Service on N.C. 107 after an armed robbery.

• Jackson County Commissioner Wayne Hooper was set to be sworn in as president of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners.

• Smoky Mountain was set to depart for Texas to play in the Dixie League Pre-Majors World Series.


20 years ago - Aug. 5, 1999

• Construction to replace the 45-year-old Scotts Creek School took a step forward as officials were expecting to receive final certification on the recently completed building pad.

• Funding was assured to build 12 classroom additions at Fairview and Smokey Mountain Elementary Schools.

• Kip Cochran drove off $2,000 richer from the Smoky Mountain Raceway after earning a victory in the 40-lap Late Model race.


10 years ago - Aug. 6, 2009

• County commissioners took under consideration an incentive plan for Stonewall Packaging LLC, a new joint venture headed by Jackson Paper Co., that would include up to $1.3 million in tax exemptions.

• Back-to-school shoppers were preparing for the state’s sixth annual “tax holiday,” a weekend where supplies for the coming year were offered tax-free.

• North Carolina Secretary of Transportation Gene Conti was in Sylva to meet with area elected officials and Department of Transportation employees to discuss the effects of federal stimulus funding on local projects.