70 years ago - July 6, 1950

• The Register of Deeds office reported 91 marriage licenses had been issued during the fiscal year, June 1949-June 1950, up from 25 the prior year.

• Nearly 2,600 people witnessed the premiere performance of “Unto These Hills.”

• In a rare occurrence, no fatal accidents were reported over the July 4 weekend in Western North Carolina.

60 years ago - July 7,1960

• Susan Mitchell was named Miss Jackson County for 1960.

• Big numbers continued to be racked up in local Little League action, with the Cards beating the Colts 23-2 in one outing.

• One-coin meters were approved for downtown parking, replacing the old 2-coin meters.

50 years ago - July 2, 1970

• 5,000 people attended the “Singing in the Mountains” gospel gathering at the Sylva-Webster football stadium.

• North Carolina National Guardsmen in Jackson County collected more than 13,000 signatures on a petition to be sent to seven countries calling for better treatment of prisoners of war held by the North Vietnamese.

• Thousands of people were expected to attend the July 4 celebration at the East Sylva Shopping Center.


40 years ago - July 3, 1980

• A petition calling for the creation of a Whittier sanitary district began circulation.

• Stamey Roofing of Canton was the apparent low bidder, at $8,360, for the roof section for the courthouse annex in the old health department building.

• Sylva-Webster’s Rick Millwood, a Western Carolina football signee, was selected to play in the 18th annual Boys Home All-Star game.

30 years ago - July 5, 1990

• Sylva adopted a $1.1 million budget and left the tax rate unchanged.

• Jackson County also left its tax rate unchanged in adopting a $25.2 million budget.

• An Appalachian Regional Commission Forum at Western Carolina University saw 40 WCU students come together to design a dropout prevention program.

20 years ago - July 6, 2000

• As many as 10,000 people turned out to watch Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department-sponsored fireworks launch on July 4.

• For risking their lives to save newlyweds from a deadly house fire, Phillip Goldsmith and Michael Munn were award the Carnegie Medal for Extraordinary Heroism.

• WCU received a grant of almost $1.2 million to improve technology training.

10 years ago - July 1, 2010

• Sylva officials were set to hold a public hearing for a proposed ordinance that would restrict downtown parking for business employees.

• Longtime Sylva attorney Orville Coward Sr. was among six lawyers inducted into the N.C. Bar Association’s General Practice Hall of Fame during the 112th NCBA annual meeting in Wilmington.

• Mallory Hetzel was named Western Carolina’s women’s golf coach.