70 years ago - April 27, 1950


• A quarter-inch of rain helped ease extreme fire conditions in the area, but a fire on upper Cedar Creek had burned 150 acres and blazes continued in Haywood and Transylvania counties.

• The Herald lobbied for rural mailbox improvements, citing rutted boxes hanging from rotted posts.

• The Herald reported the federal debt stood at $429.4 billion, or $2,875 for each man, woman and child.


60 years ago - April 28, 1960


• A total of 123 youth were seeking spots on Sylva’s six Little League teams.

• A memorial honoring the war dead of Jackson County was being sponsored by the William E. Dillard Post of the American Legion.

• After seven years of road construction detours, Jackson County was looking forward to free-flowing traffic and relief for the “nearly starved-out” tourism industry.


50 years ago - April 30, 1970


• The Herald called for a national rail policy as news came that Southern Railway was attempting to end passenger service between Greensboro and Asheville.

• Service station owners banded together to decry North Carolina’s gasoline tax, at 13.25 cents per gallon the highest in the country.

• Carolina Tire of Sylva had Goodyear all-weather tires on sale for $12.55.


40 years ago - April 24, 1980


• Tuition at Southwestern Technical College stood at $39 per quarter for 12 credit hours or more.

• Tony Wood’s two-run homer against Swain brought his total to six, breaking the Cullowhee school record.

• “10,” staring Dudley Moore and Bo Derek, was featured at the Quin Theatres.


30 years ago - April 26, 1990


• The final contract for construction of an 18,000 square foot manufacturing facility was let by Webster Enterprises. The project was expected to cost $650,000.

• Western Carolina was seeking its sixth straight Southern Conference Baseball Tournament crown after finishing second in the regular season standings.

• Smoky Mountain downed Brevard 6-1 to win the An-Ton Invitational Baseball Tournament in Canton.


20 years ago - April 27, 2000


• More than 5,000 people attended Greening Up the Mountains festivities in Sylva.

• Volunteers, inmates and NCDOT workers combined for 12,732 over 20 days in a countywide cleanup effort.

• Smoky Mountain soccer star Eric Carpenter inked a letter of intent with Lenoir-Rhyne.


10 years ago - April 22, 2010


• An estimated 8,000-10,000 people flooded Sylva for the 13th annual Greening Up the Mountains festival.

• Smoky Mountain scored eight runs in the fourth inning to rally past Swain 14-8 in a non-conference baseball game at the SM field.

• Western Carolina scored six runs in the ninth inning to rally for a 14-11 Southern Conference baseball victory at Georgia Southern. The Catamounts took two of three games in the series.