70 years ago - July 29, 1949


• More than 2,000 people attended the annual Farmers Federation Jackson County picnic at Sylva High School.

• Police were seeking clues to the person or persons who broke into the car of a West Virginia woman. All items stolen from the car were recovered except for the keys, a Kodak camera and film. Items were found scattered in the taxi parking lot and atop the building housing the Herald.

• Dixie Home Supermarkets offered Charmin at 32 cents for four rolls.


60 years ago - July 23, 1959


• T.N. Massie of Sylva landed a massive brown trout in Bear Lake weighing 10.2 pounds and checking in at 26 inches in length.

• Underground fallout shelter plans suggested by the Office of Defense and Civilian Mobilization were detailed in the Herald.

• A three-bedroom, two-bath home with central heat and a fireplace in the Sylva city limits was on sale for $4,500.


50 years ago - July 24, 1969


• More than 130 paying guests arrived at the opening of the new Sylva pool within the first 15 minutes of its opening.

• The North Carolina Little League Championship title game was scheduled to be held in Sylva, with playoff games set for the end of the month and early August.


40 years ago - July 26, 1979


• The new Bi-Lo grocery store at Jackson Plaza was set to open.

• The Sylva Little League 13-year-old All-Stars took the District Five title with wins over Franklin and Waynesville.


30 years ago - July 27, 1989


• Angie Benson of Cullowhee was selected for the Miss N.C. USA Pageant.

• Smoky Mountain defeated Brunswick County 5-3 at Southport to reach the championship round of the Dixie Boys 13-14-year-old State Tournament.


20 years ago - July 22, 1999


• A capacity audience filled the Mountainside Theatre in Cherokee to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of “Unto These Hills,” with nearly 200 former cast members also on hand.

• State and local health officials began a door-to-door stream survey in the Scotts Creek watershed to identify failing septic systems and straight-pipe sewage systems.


10 years ago - July 30, 2009


• Veteran television personality Bob Barker took the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and business owners to task over bear pits on the reservation.

• Though it was announced in April that a three-year legal battle between the Jackson County Airport Authority and neighboring property owners had been settled, authority members went into closed session to discuss the suits. No action was taken following the return to open session. Authority Chairman Greg Hall told The Herald that while a settlement was offered to and accepted by plaintiffs R.L. Ammons and Dewayne Pruett, the Ammons settlement “hit a snag.”