This week in local history:
70 years ago - Feb. 24, 1949
• Nantahala Power & Light announced plans to build an 85-foot tall dam with a 400-foot crest on the Tuckaseigee River about a mile below the Glenville power house.
• The Herald reported that the body of Maurice E. “Buddy” Bryson was being brought home. Pfc. Bryson was a graduate of Sylva High School who entered service in April of 1944 and was killed in action on Okinawa May 30, 1945.
60 years ago - Feb. 26, 1959
• Around 1,000 Jackson County boys and girls took part in celebrating National 4-H Week.
• Western Carolina College’s Catamounts captured the regular season North State Conference basketball championship with a 78-60 win over Appalachian. The team finished the regular season with a 20-3 overall mark and 13-2 NSC record.
• Allison’s offered Lark Studebakers for sale at the price of $2,295.
50 years ago - Feb. 27, 1969
• The Sylva Rotary Club elected Jim Gray as its president for 1969-70.
• The 85-foot awning along the front of Fowler’s Shopping Center in Cashiers collapsed after apparently being weakened from recent heavy snows. The falling debris crushed an automobile parked in front of the building.
• The Jackson County Courthouse was evacuated after workmen accidentally triggered a tear gas bomb on the door of the courthouse vault that had been installed many years before.
40 years ago - Feb. 22, 1979
• The largest snowstorm since 1971 dumped 10-18 inches of snow across Jackson County, closing churches, schools and industrial plants.
• 11th District Congressman Lamar Gudger was appointed to House committees on Aging, Judiciary and Interior.
• Twenty Sylva-Webster students were selected to participate in the Western District All-State Band.
30 years ago - Feb. 23, 1989
• Bob Setzer, a leader in Western Carolina University athletics for more than 30 years, was named director of athletics at the university.
• Western Carolina’s David Donnerlson set a Southern Conference record with 10 three-point baskets in a win over Elon.
20 years ago - Feb. 25, 1999
• After more than 160 years in storage, the gun used in the execution of Cherokee legend Tsali was returned to the Cherokee during a ceremony at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.
• In a span of as little as 30 minutes, some 25 wrecks occurred in Jackson County as a light dusting of snow turned to ice as temperatures dropped into the teens.
• Julie Spiro, a Jackson County native, was named executive director of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.
10 years ago - Feb. 26, 2009
• Sylva Herald Photographer Nick Breedlove and Editor Lynn Hotaling captured a third-place award in the N.C. Press Association contest. The two shared the award in the Best Special Section category for the newspaper’s “Across the Mountains” summer magazine.
• The Jackson County Neighbors in Need emergency cold weather shelter opened. Located at LifeWay Community Church, the shelter was open to individuals and families in need of a warm place during the night.
• Smoky Mountain’s men’s basketball team won its second straight Western Athletic Conference Tournament with a 58-44 victory over Pisgah. The teams had split two games in the regular season and tied for first place in the league. Jackson Simmons scored 20 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for the Mustangs (22-2) and was named the tourney’s most valuable player.