70 years ago - June 1, 1950

• A record number of votes – more than 4,200 – were cast in the late May Democratic primary in Jackson County.

• Montreat College President Rev. Rupert McGregor was set to deliver the commencement address at Western Carolina Teachers College.

• The Sylva Plowboys split a doubleheader with Martel Mills before what the Herald described as one of the largest crowds of the season.

60 years ago - June 2, 1960

• The opening of the Sylva Miniature Golf Course in Moody Bottom was announced.

• Lacy Thornburg bested Marcellus Buchanan in the primary to determine the Democratic nominee for county representative in Raleigh.

• 195 seniors were set to receive degrees during graduation ceremonies at the county’s four high schools.

50 years ago - June 4, 1970

• Jackson County commissioners passed a resolution opposing a plan for the state of North Carolina to enter the Christmas tree business.

• For the first time in its history, Western Carolina University decided to forgo handing out diplomas at its graduation ceremony. The reason was the large class size; the move was estimated to save an hour. Diplomas would be given at informal receptions following the ceremony.

• Ensley’s Supermarket offered 20-pound bags of charcoal for 99 cents.

40 years ago - June 5, 1980

• Goodson Garments in Dillsboro moved into new plant facilities, doubling its production space.

• Jackson County’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent.

• The final eighth grade graduation ceremonies were held at Log Cabin Elementary School.

30 years ago - June 7, 1990

• The Herald’s advertising staff, led by Margo Gray, brought home four first place honors in the North Carolina Press Association’s advertising contest.

• Groundbreaking was held for the new Colonial Bank in Sylva.

• Western Carolina second baseman Grant Brittain of was named to the 1990 Division 1 All-American Baseball first team.

20 years ago - June 8, 2000

• Former Smoky Mountain High Principal Kenny Nicholson was named the school’s new principal, with Nicholson coming out of retirement.

• County tax collector Beverly Buchanan received a check for $963.96 from U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor as part of the county’s effort to get Taylor to pay nearly $4,000 in property tax debt.

• Katie Herzog of Cullowhee won first place in the 18 and under female division at the U.S. team kayak tryouts held on the Ocoee River.

10 years ago - June 3, 2010

• Mountain Faith was scheduled to bring its youthful infusion of bluegrass and bluegrass gospel to the June 4 Concert on the Creek at Bridge Park.

• Southwestern Community College President Cecil Groves, SCC’s president since 1997, was set to retire at the end of the academic year, June 30.

• After a pair of walk-off wins along the way, Western Carolina (37-21-1) reached the finals of the Southern Conference Baseball Tournament before its season ended with a 10-3 loss to Citadel at Riley Park in Charleston, S.C.