70 years ago - July 19, 1951


• The Raleigh State Highway Commission called for bids for roads to be hard surfaced in the state. Jackson County received 11 miles of road: Camp Branch Road, Norton Yellow Mountain Road, Caney Fork Road and Balsam Road.

• Linguistics experts said they feared the Cherokee language would become extinct within 25 years.

• Sylva’s Walter Jones, a college sophomore, swam the 1,500-meter event at N.C. State College, becoming the state champion for both North and South Carolina, breaking the previous record time set in 1946.


60 years ago - July 20, 1961


• Three persons were injured in a wreck on Aunt Sally’s Curve on N.C. 107.

• Stewart Udall, Secretary of the Interior, was among dignitaries set to attend 25th anniversary ceremonies for the Blue Ridge Parkway.

• F&P Supermarket offered Twin Pet dog food at 43 cents for six cans.


50 years ago - July 22, 1971


• 6.5 million cubic yards of earth were slated to be moved during construction of the Sylva bypass, the largest such contract ever awarded by the State Highway Commission.

• The Jackson-Macon-Swain District Board of Health adopted a “Rock Festival” ordinance mandating conditions for holding a gathering of 5,000 people outdoors for 12 hours to listen to rock music.

• Two of the gridiron stars for the 1970 Sylva-Webster Golden Eagles football team, Gary Cowan and Jim Davis, were preparing for upcoming all-star bowl games.


40 years ago - July 23, 1981


• The Jackson County Board of Elections announced it had purged 1,668 names from registration books, meaning those voters would have to register again to be eligible to cast a ballot.

• The Sylva Senior League All-Stars defeated Waynesville 9-0 and Transylvania County 13-2 in District V play.

• Summer commencement ceremonies were scheduled at Western Carolina University, where 375 candidates were expected to receive degrees.


30 years ago - July 25, 1991


• A Civil Air Patrol Cessna crashed on the side of a mountain in the Barkers Creek area, but the two crewmen and one passenger walked away unharmed.

• The state of North Carolina put off plans to purchase the 21 miles of rail line between Sylva and Waynesville.

• Carolina Tire offered Rally 12.5 HP lawn tractors for $150.


20 years ago - July 19, 2001


• Gary Carden’s “Mason Jars in the Flood” won the Appalachian Writers Association Award for Best Book of the Year.

• Wade Wilson of Dillsboro, who served as mayor for 26 years, decided not to seek re-election.

• Western Carolina center fielder Donovan Minero was named to the 2001 American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Division 1 All-American team.


10 years ago - July 21, 2011


• County commissioners approved an exchange of land to give Sylva the former library building. In return, the county received title to the former Chamber of Commerce building just off Grindstaff Cove Road.

• Recent U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduate Jenna Carpenter received her commission as an ensign in the U.S. Coast Guard from President Obama.

• Jackson County’s 7-year-old baseball All-Stars finished fourth out of seven in the State Tournament held at the Fairview Youth Complex.