70 years ago - Dec. 14, 1950

• District Game Protector Guy Sutton of Sylva said Franklin schoolchildren were being fed fresh venison after he seized two deer taken illegally by game law violators.

• The Sylva Golden Hurricane men’s basketball team opened the season with a 35-29 win at Stecoah.

• Bower’s offered basketballs from $2.49 up.


60 years ago - Dec. 15, 1960

• Strong winds, blowing snow and temperatures as low as 10 degrees swept across the area.

• Census figures put Jackson County’s population at 17,780, down from 19,261 in 1950.

• A committee was appointed for activities commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Civil War in Jackson County.


50 years ago - Dec. 16, 1970

• An estimated 10,000 people turned out to view Sylva’s annual Christmas Parade.

• Defensive tackle Steve Williams of Western Carolina University was named to the Little All-America Team.

• Jerry Cagle poured in 22 points to lead Sylva-Webster’s men’s basketball squad over the Franklin Panthers, 62-51.


40 years ago - Dec. 18, 1980

• Alabama dropped Western Carolina’s men’s basketball squad, 67-57, to remain undefeated. It was the Cats’ first loss of the year.

• Sylva-Webster’s Eric Lambert started at guard for North Carolina in the Shrine Bowl, with North Carolina downing South Carolina 35-33.

• “9 to 5,” starring Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda, was airing at the Quin Theaters.


30 years ago - Dec. 13, 1990 

• Quayle Neslen was selected as the new chair of the Jackson County School Board.

• A total of 63 entries, including 13 floats, were featured in the Sylva Christmas Parade.

• All-season Concorde Metric radials were on sale at Carolina Tire for $23.96 each.


20 years ago - Dec. 14, 2000

• Nantahala Power & Light, which provided electricity to most of Jackson County for more than 70 years, was set to go out of existence, folding in with Duke Power.

• Western Carolina’s men’s basketball team improved to 2-7 with a win over Stetson and a loss to Belmont.

• Fairview Principal Sue Nations received a Distinguished Service to Science Education Award from the N.C. Science Teachers Association.


10 years ago - Dec. 16, 2010

• Most of Jackson County received between 3 to 7 inches of wet snow, but the Cashiers area saw as much as 10 inches. The snow was followed by bitter cold, which dropped temperatures in the Sylva area into single digits.

• Ohio State, the nation’s second-ranked team, blitzed Western Carolina 85-60 in a men’s non-conference basketball game before 6,905 fans at St. John Arena. WCU fell to 4-8.

• Smoky Mountain limited Swain to two points in the second quarter and 10 in the first half in a 73-25 non-conference men’s basketball rout at Bryson City.