70 years ago - Sept. 13, 1951

• Enrollment was expected to drop at Western Carolina Teacher’s College as World War II veterans finished up their degrees and younger male students awaited potential service in the Korean War.

• Electric refrigerators were on sale at Sossamon’s for $139.95.

• Sylva High’s Hurricane football squad dropped the season opener at Hayesville, 7-6.


60 years ago - Sept. 21, 1961

• A group of business leaders met at the Jarrett House to gauge interest in the possibility of an 18-hole golf course in the area.

• A seven-member board was proposed for the Jackson County Recreation Association.

• Western Carolina College opened its football season with a 12-10 win over Carson-Newman.


50 years ago - Sept. 16, 1971

• A preliminary study on selection of an airport site for Jackson County was scheduled to be submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Atlanta office.

• In an editorial the Herald wondered if the Nixon administration thought most Americans were illiterate, as the new highways signs it was rolling out eliminated the written word in lieu of symbols.

• The Sylva-Webster football squad continued to roll, taking a 56-12 win over Murphy. 


40 years ago - Sept. 10, 1981

• Fisher Creek Road near the intersection with the Old Asheville Highway was heavily damaged by torrential rains.

• Sylva-Webster shut out Andrews, 26-0, in a non-conference football matchup.

• Six-packs of generic beer were on sale at A&P for $1.85.


30 years ago - Sept. 12, 1991

• A Hendersonville man suspected in as many as 100 break-ins across five counties was arrested after an all-night manhunt in Sylva.

• Jonathan “Ed” Taylor was reelected as Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

• Smoky Mountain squeaked past Andrews, 14-12, in football action at Carr Hooper Stadium.


20 years ago - Sept. 13, 2001

• A number of local meetings were canceled as the shock from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania was felt across Jackson County.

• A crack in a sewer pipe in Webster saw 500,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into the Tuckaseigee River.

• Sylva officials voted unanimously to allow Sylva voters to decide whether mixed drinks would be available in town.


10 years ago - Sept. 15, 2011

• A local bar was in ruins and an adjoining gas station destroyed following an early-morning fire. Firefighters were called to the Fireplace Tavern (former Annie’s Food and Spirits) and the adjacent Aztex gas station after a 3:48 a.m. report from a Cope Creek caller who heard a loud explosion.

• The Smoky Mountain High School Show Choir, under the direction of Linda Haggard, performed a concert in remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and in honor of Constitution Day, Friday, Sept. 16.

• Murphy scored three touchdowns in the second half to defeat Smoky Mountain 28-14 in a non-conference football game at Murphy. The Mustangs (1-3) lost despite a huge game from Blake Smith. He carried 30 times for 227 yards, the most for an SM rusher in 10 years.