70 years ago - Feb. 2, 1950


• Approximately 200 Webster residents agreed at a mass meeting that the present Webster school was only sufficient to serve the needs of elementary students and that plans for a new consolidated school with Sylva should move forward.

• Belk’s offered men’s work shirts on sale for $1 each.

• “Ramshackle Inn,” presented by the Little Theatre, was set to open at Hoey Auditorium in Cullowhee.


60 years ago - Feb. 4, 1960


• Funeral services were held at Sylva Methodist Church for U.S. Rep. David Hall, 41, who died of complications from cancer surgery. More than 600 people attended.

• U.S. Sen. Sam Ervin penned an article decrying the national debt, which had risen to $264 billion over the previous 28 years.

• Sylva Coal & Lumber offered Super Kemtone paint for $4.95 a gallon.


50 years ago - Feb. 5, 1970


• Sheriff Fred Holcombe announced he would seek a third term in office.

• Western Carolina quarterback Don Dalton, who led NAIA passers in the 1969 season, signed a free agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys.

• A low of 1 degree was recorded in Sylva as a cold mass descended over Western North Carolina. 


40 years ago - Feb. 7, 1980


• After delays attributed to late delivery of electronics equipment, cable TV became a reality in Sylva as Christy Cablevision began subscribing hookups.

• Plans to stabilize and improve drainage at the Jackson County Airport were approved with a price tag of $150,000.

• The year’s first major snowstorm hit Jackson County, with accumulations ranging from 3 to 6 inches.


30 years ago - Feb. 1, 1990


• Pop rock ’n roll star Richard Marx was scheduled to perform at WCU’s Ramsey Center.

• Western Carolina’s Catamount baseball squad was preparing for the upcoming season and seeking its sixth straight Southern Conference title.

• “Steel Magnolias,” starring Sally Field and Dolly Parton, was airing at the Quin Theatres.


20 years ago - Feb. 3, 2000


• A major winter storm in late January was followed by four inches of ice and snow, closing schools, canceling church services and snarling traffic.

• Inclement weather contributed to a lack of potential jurors showing up for Jackson County Grand Jury selection. With only 24 potential jurors showing up, selection was postponed.

• Elexis Smith, Tara Green and Nichole Jones combined for 65 points as Smoky Mountain’s Lady Mustangs clinched a spot in the state playoffs with a 77-60 win over Erwin.


10 years ago - Feb. 4, 2010


• Duke Energy began removal of the 12-foot-high, 216-foot-wide Dillsboro Dam. Duke agreed to dismantle the dam, built in 1927 (the original dam was constructed at the same site in 1913), as mediation for its larger hydroelectric power plants on the East and West forks of the Tuckaseigee River. Jackson County opposed dam removal but lost its five-year legal battle with Duke.

• Snow that began falling around 3 p.m. on Jan. 29 stranded motorists and left thousands of local residents without power for up to four days. Accumulations in Jackson County ranged from 6 inches in Sylva to 14 inches on Soco and 17 at Balsam, according to Department of Transportation county maintenance engineer Wes Jamison.

• Cecil Groves, Southwestern Community College’s president since 1997, announced his retirement.