70 years ago - April 20, 1950


• The Lee family of Chicago purchased 135 acres south of Sylva on N.C. 107 to develop Rolling Green Country Club. The site was formerly the old Riverside Country Club.

• April 24-29 was designated as the annual Clean-up Week for the Town of Sylva.

• Ernest R. “Tuck” McConnell resigned as assistant football and head basketball coach at Western Carolina Teachers College after a successful stint that produced, from scratch, some of the best football teams ever seen in Cullowhee.


60 years ago - April 21, 1960


• The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce approved a budget of $500 for Christmas tree lighting on Main Street.

• The 1960 World Book Encyclopedia set, 20 volumes in all, was on sale for $149.

• The Sylva Garden Club was in the midst of an effort to clean up and beautify the town.


50 years ago - April 23, 1970


• An economic study of Mead Corporation’s Sylva operation was under way to determine how much money would be required to correct air and stream quality issues.

• A lot with buildings for a future city hall and police station were purchased by the town of Sylva.

• Coming off a year that saw him average 27.7 points per game, Cullowhee’s Eddie Taylor was named to a high school All-American team based on a survey out of Los Angeles.


40 years ago - April 24, 1980


• Two programs, followed by a parade, honored former Sylva-Webster All-American football player Jimmy Streater.

• Jeff Cloud, who starred in baseball and basketball at Cullowhee High, signed with Wingate College on a basketball scholarship.

• Smurfs was all the rage, and were on sale at the Book Store on Main Street in Sylva.


30 years ago - April 19, 1990


• Brevard’s Randy Shelton pitched a perfect game in a 10-0 win over Smoky Mountain.

• Steve Hodgin was wrapping up his first spring practice as head football coach at Western Carolina University.

• Murray riding mowers were on sale at Carolina Tire for $648.


20 years ago - April 20, 2000


• The Jarrett House in Dillsboro was set to re-open for the Hartbarger Family’s 26th season.

• Vanderbilt assistant Steve Shurina was named as Western Carolina University’s new men’s basketball coach.

• The Lady Mustang soccer team set a school record for wins with a 2-0 victory over Enka, moving their record to 13-1.


10 years ago - April 22, 2010


• Between 7,000 to 8,000 people were expected to attend the 13th annual Greening Up the Mountains festival in Sylva.

• Buzz Peterson, recently named as coach at UNC-Wilmington and a member of North Carolina’s 1982 national championship basketball team, was set to keynote the 18th annual banquet of the Jackson County Athletic Hall of Fame.

• Smoky Mountain scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to rally for a 9-4 Appalachian Athletic Conference baseball victory over North Henderson.