70 years ago - Sept. 21, 1950


• Funeral services were held for Dan Tompkins, former newspaper publisher-editor, state legislator and Jackson political leader.

• Western Carolina’s Catamounts dropped High Point 20-0 to open the 1950 gridiron season.

• Waynesville High romped over the Sylva Hurricanes football squad 42-0. Three Mountaineer TDs were called back on penalties.


60 years ago - Sept. 15, 1960


• A motorcade was set to leave Sylva early on a Saturday morning to hear Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kennedy speak in Asheville.

• Western Carolina’s Catamounts routed Catawba 35-0 to open their gridiron season.

• Jackson County farm statistics showed hay covered the most farm acreage in the county, followed by corn.


50 years ago - Sept. 17, 1970


• Steve Streater led Sylva’s Mites to a 44-8 win over Murphy, scoring seven touchdowns.

• The N.C. Board of Municipal Control, for the second time, approved an application for the incorporation of the Town of Indian Hills in Jackson County.

• Murphy recovered a fumble and scored with 24 seconds left to defeat Sylva-Webster 38-36.


40 years ago - Sept. 18, 1980


• Hammermill Paper Company announced the purchase of the Hennessee Mill in Sylva.

• Sylva-Webster defeated Andrews 40-13 at Carr Hooper Stadium.

• Cullowhee’s Rebels dropped Rosman by a 28-0 count.


30 years ago - Sept. 20, 1990


• Farewell ceremonies were held for Sylva’s 210th National Guard MP Company as it was set to deploy to the Middle East.

• Southwestern Community College President Norman Myers announced he would step down from his post after nine years of service.

• Smoky Mountain’s football squad extended its regular-season winning streak to 20 games with a 15-13 overtime win against Asheville.


20 years ago - Sept. 21, 2000


• Two Bryson City men were captured almost immediately after robbing the Carolina Community Bank on East Main Street in the Lovesfield area.

• Avery brought Smoky Mountain’s undefeated season to an end with a 28-27 gridiron win.

• Walter Middleton released “Flashbacks: Prisoner of War in the Philippines,” recounting the trials he suffered in World War II.


10 years ago - Sept. 16, 2010


• Forest Hills board members discussed the possible annexation of Western Carolina University-owned land at their regular meeting, but they stressed that no decision had been reached.

• Jarrod Couch scored all three goals leading Smoky Mountain to a 3-1 non-conference soccer victory at Enka.

• Bo Cordell completed 25 of 45 passes for 410 yards and four touchdowns, leading Division II Tusculum to a stunning 54-30 non-conference football victory over Western Carolina before 4,471 fans at E.J. Whitmire Stadium/Bob Waters Field. The game was called due to lightning with 2:39 remaining.