70 years ago - April 6, 1950


• Dixie Home Supermarkets offered Lay’s Cloverleaf smoked hams for 49 cents a pound.

• The North Carolina Symphony Orchestra was scheduled to hold a concert at Western Carolina’s Hoey Auditorium.

• The combined choirs of Sylva Methodist and Cullowhee Methodist were set to present “The Crucifixion” on Easter Sunday at the Ritz Theatre.


60 years ago - April 14, 1960


• Grading of the football field at the new consolidated Sylva-Webster High School was nearly complete.

• The purchase of a new Sylva fire truck, specially designed to deal with steep mountain roads, was approved.

• A total of 1,710 persons received chest X-rays during the seven-day visit of a mobile X-ray unit in Sylva.


50 years ago - April 9, 1970


• The proposed corridor for a 5.4 mile section of N.C. 107 from Rolling Green to East LaPorte was discussed at a public hearing in Cullowhee.

• After losing four straight games to rainouts, Western Carolina’s Catamounts returned to action with wins over S.C. State and Appalachian State.

• Ensley’s Supermarket offered sirloin steaks for $1.09 per pound.


40 years ago - April 10, 1980


• Jackson commissioners OK’d a new medical plan for the county jail and the hiring of additional personnel to implement the program.

• Defenders and opponents of the U.S. Forest Service proposal to purchase the old Mead woodlands and Bonas Defeat tract laid out their cases in a public hearing.

• Jeff Cloud struck out 16 batters, one shy of his record of 17, as Cullowhee defeated Robbinsville in a 6-1 tilt on the diamond.


30 years ago - April 5, 1990


• Jonah Forrester was honored as the county’s oldest worker. Doing 3-days shifts for the U.S. Forest Service, Forrester said he planned to retire in 10 years, when he would turn 96.

• The N.C. High School Athletic Association announced that following a 10-1 season, Charles “Babe” Howell again stood as the state’s football career win leader with a 270-98-6 mark.

• The unemployment rate in Jackson dropped to 5.7 percent.


20 years ago - April 6, 2000


• Smoky Mountain’s baseball team moved to 11-2 with a 12-1 win over Pisgah. The game was called after four and a half innings due to the 10-run rule.

• First Citizens Bank offered a 16-month Certificate of Deposit with an annual percentage yield of 6.45 percent.

• Southwestern Community College was preparing to offer a new program on internet technology.


10 years ago - April 8, 2010


• The Jackson County Planning Board tabled a proposed amendment to the steep-slope ordinance that would allow ridgetop development.

• The 40-student Smoky Mountain High School Show Choir was set to participate in a Peak Performance National Festival Competition in New York City.

• Smoky Mountain junior center Jackson Simmons was named to the ncpreps.com all-state basketball second team.